AMANDA UMLAH, MS, MSW, LMSW, CRAADC
Contract Therapist, St. Louis DBT, LLC
Specializations: Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Personality Disorder
Treatment Modalities: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Schema Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therap
Fee Scale: $100 per session
Accepted Insurance Plans: Out-of-Network
About Amanda's Practice:
I know it’s scary to admit you need help; to walk into a stranger’s office for the first time and be expected to talk about parts of your life you’ve never shared with anyone. That’s why I believe the most important aspect of counseling is the therapeutic relationship.
My goal as a therapist, first and foremost, is to create a safe environment for my clients, where you feel comfortable sharing at your own pace. I’ve been told my greatest asset as a therapist is my ability to make clients feel at ease upon their first session, as well as my determination to individualize each client’s treatment plan. I am a firm believer that treatment modalities, such as DBT, are important guides for therapy, but treatment must also be constructed to fit each individual.
I have extensive experience working with individuals struggling from chemical dependency problems and/or eating disorders, as well as the co-morbid issues that often occur alongside them. In the chemical dependency treatment environment, I have also worked with family members of alcoholics/addicts in a group setting and in individual sessions with their loved ones.
Regarding co-occurring mental health disorders, one significant specialization I possess is working with clients who suffer from treatment resistant depression, as well as individuals struggling with ongoing symptomology from past traumas. I completed an intensive training for Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy with Edna Foa, the founder of PE.
Whatever the struggle, I believe in finding a “life worth living” again. Somewhere along the way, whether it is from anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, an eating disorder, a combination of those, or something else altogether, this may have gotten lost. I have faith that this can be found again by taking “one step at a time.”
I believe in complete collaboration between therapist and client; if this sounds like a good fit to you, don’t hesitate to call. There is nothing worse than feeling like you’re just existing rather than living.