I center all therapy around mindfulness, bringing you back to the present moment so that you can learn to trust yourself again and make decisions that best support you and your wildest dreams.

Our Team

Amanda Stemen, LCSW

Location

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Strengths-based, Solution-focused

Therapy Style

I'm a very down-to-earth therapist with over 10 years of experience. I view therapy as a collaborative partnership, in which I may have the psychological and sociological expertise, but you’re the expert on yourself, your thoughts and feelings, and what works best for you. Each person is a unique individual who has also been influenced by the world around them and I take all experiences into account in our work together. I will do my best not to make assumptions and welcome any and all feedback throughout our work together so I can provide you with the most open, nonjudgmental, and caring environment possible for growth and healing to occur.

I center all therapy around mindfulness, bringing you back to the present moment so that you can learn to trust yourself again and make decisions that best support you and your wildest dreams. I listen as you process thoughts, feelings, and experiences, provide feedback, and teach you skills to support yourself outside of our sessions. I’m a big fan of giving practical exercises based on what we talk about in session so that you can apply it to real life and see how it works for you. Therapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all experience and it can be a lot of hard work, but in the end, it’s worth every single moment you put into it.

Education

BS - Psychology, Central Michigan University

MS - Recreation Administration (Concentration in Therapeutic and Outdoor Recreation), California State University Long Beach

MSW - Social Welfare, University of California Los Angeles

Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Certificate in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), InsightLA

Internship, Harbor UCLA Medical Center Adult CBT/DBT Outpatient Clinic

Externship, UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services

License Number and State

CA 67167

Pronouns

she/her

What are your interests outside of work?

I have WAY too many interests: I love to spend time in nature, whether it's hiking to the top of a mountain or camping. I also love sports and physical activity and spend a lot of time surfing, running, doing yoga, and dancing. I love to play games (fun games, not emotional ones), solve puzzles and mysteries, write, read, create and craft, travel and go on adventures of all kinds, cook, meditate, sing (poorly), and spend time with loved ones.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

I move my body outdoors every single day.

What book have you read more than once?

I've read multiple books more than once, but The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer is my absolute favorite. Every time I read it I get something new and profound from it. And I always feel like a better person when I'm done.

Favorite non-profit?

I volunteer with The Sierra Club and it's my favorite because we're working to address so many concerns that affect our mental and physical health and overall well-being, the environment and global warming, community, equity, inclusion, etc.

Do you have any pets?

I have a 70-pound, full-of-muscle pitbull named Jackie Robinson, Jr. and it's hard to pick a favorite story because there's a new one every day since he's the sweetest, craziest beast and best cuddler alive. He has had several near death experiences, including almost going over a waterfall after jumping into a river while we were hiking!