Amanda is a therapist with a passion for providing effective treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which often includes family intervention using systemic and structural frameworks to reinforce changes outside of session across the family system. Amanda has received specialized training in the treatment of OCD, having attended both the General and Pediatric BTTI Trainings offered by the International OCD Foundation to further develop my skills in the implementation of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Treatment. She has spent over ten years working in the mental health field following her graduation from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, directly using the models above as she worked in foster care/adoption, in-home family therapy programs (Family Based Mental Health Services), and then the WPIC Pediatric OCD Program, where she both continued to provide therapy to clients and families, but also assumed a managerial role and provided supervision to those interested in learning ERP and family therapy before leaving to build this practice to meet the needs for outpatient OCD therapy in the Pittsburgh community. She is a member of the International OCD Foundation and the National Association of Social Workers.
As a therapist at the Center for OCD and Anxiety, Amanda enjoys being able to increase access for quality OCD outpatient treatment in the Pittsburgh area. She has maintained her teaching and supervisory roles by helping to facilitate the Training Institute here at the Center for OCD and Anxiety and through provision of consultation to other outpatient therapists learning ERP. She works biweekly with Every Child, Inc. to provide their in-home and school based service providers with the skills and abilities to diagnose OCD and provide quality ERP treatment for those so impacted by their OCD that they cannot reach an outpatient provider, or who need the support of a clinician to transfer ERP skills to the home or community so that clients and families can get the right service and treatment at the right time.
In her free time, she enjoys being outside, whether that is running, camping or playing with her kids, husband and dogs in the backyard.