Amanda Wheeler, M.A.
Graduate Training: Texas Tech University, Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program, 2011
Internship: Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center, 2010-2011
Theoretical Orientation: Integrative (Client-Centered, Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral) with a focus on the interpersonal process approach
Professional Interests: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation-related issues, Sexual Issues, Group therapy, Grief and Loss, Mindfulness in therapy.
Approach to Therapy: I take a primary interpersonal process approach in my approach to therapy, while also using other techniques such as cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused techniques. I explore the relationship patterns my clients are involved in, including relationships between the clients and their family, friends, co-workers, and themselves. Through congruence, honesty, and empathy, therapy becomes a safe place to allow clients to challenge their relational patterns, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.
Approach to Supervision: My approach to supervision is through a developmental model. I work with my supervisees based on where the supervisee is at with their own therapy skills. Like my approach to therapy, I spend much of my time in supervision discussing the relationships between the client and therapist, as well as the supervisee and myself. I also work with my supervisees based on their strengths in building their growth edges.
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