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Amanda Wyrick, Ph.D.
I just haven’t been myself. Why am I falling into these bad times? Maybe you know you are tired of feeling anxious, depressed, and overwhelmed. As your therapist, I want to offer you a place to explore your stories and experiences. I will be a therapist who provides a safe space to embrace vulnerability, examine your thoughts and feelings, and begin to make change.
Some of the experiences you face may reach all the way back to stories from your childhood. You may also sense that words and actions of daily systemic oppression impact your well-being. We can work on this together.
As your therapist, I want to offer you a place to explore who you want to become. I believe therapy provides the tools to write a new and powerful chapter of our lives. Together we develop a life in line with your authentic self.
My areas of specialty are anxiety, professional burnout, and identity development. I believe identity development is essential, no matter our age. As Kierkegaard said, “The most common form of despair is not being who we are.” I provide support for exploring our identity in gender and sexuality, as well as meaningful work and profession. I speak with many clients about our roles in our closest relationships (friend, partner, child, and parent).
Together we can begin the deep dive into your identity. In this work, you may encounter feelings such as anxiety, shame, or fear. When those feelings arise, together, we can use various cognitive, behavioral, and holistic interventions tailored just for you to manage these feelings.
We all have moments like my favorite character David Rose when he says, “I am trying very hard not to connect with people right now.” However, it is my experience that all suffering, and most importantly, all healing, is done in the context of relationships. In therapy, it is most important to start with the relationship you have with yourself. As you step into that work, we can use our relationship to explore the patterns and feelings that keep you stuck. I want to support your growth. While your best right now might not be the best there is, maybe you are doing the best you can at this moment, and therapy can be a place to help you grow to that next level.
As for me, I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Louisville, completed my internship at The Ohio State Counseling Center, and finished my postdoctoral hours at Spalding University’s Counseling Center. Currently, I work with clients in private practice, and I am also an Associate Professor of Psychology at Berea College. I reside in Berea with my partner and our two cats. I am an avid reader and am always excited to recommend books that include either literal or metaphorical solutions to healing. Let’s see how our work together can create meaning and healing in your life.