Amanda earned her B.A. with honors from San Diego State University, with a major in Theatre Arts Performance and minors in both Psychology and Philosophy. She is also a member of the national leadership and honors society, Sigma Alpha Lambda. From early childhood until her mid-20’s, Amanda performed in community and collegiate theatre as well as on professional and Broadway stages and established herself as a successful and respected independent film actress.
In 2012, Amanda became a certified crisis counselor and First Responder volunteer for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. In the years since, she has helped coordinate hundreds of emergency and volunteer rescues, primarily involving children and teens. She is certified in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST), the structure and processes of evidence-based Suicide Intervention Model, and safeTALK, identifying individuals in crisis and connecting them to suicide first aid resources and intervention caregivers. Amanda speaks at schools on the official behalf of the National Suicide Prevention Center, facilitates groups at national mental health events such as: NamiWALKS (National Alliance on Mental Illness, Out of Darkness Walk (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention), and Alive and Running for Suicide Prevention (Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services). With almost 1,000 hours of service experience, advocating for both suicide awareness and mental health issues has become Amanda’s primary personal and professional passion. In 2015, she was selected from hundreds of First Responder volunteers and crisis counselors for the tremendous honor of speaking on behalf of the National Suicide Hotline at World Suicide Prevention Day.
In 2016, Amanda graduated from iPEC (Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching), a nationally accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP), earning additional credentials as a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and a Core Energy Coaching Master Practitioner (ELI-Mp); both the only recognized certifications accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). After co-managing several residential dual diagnosis rehabilitation facilities for women, she was asked to provide one-on-one mentoring to the clientele. In 2017, Amanda successfully launched in private practice as a Personal Crisis Resolution Specialist, working with teens in crisis, as well as parents and families of at-risk adolescents and teens.
Amanda’s resolute commitment to mental health issue awareness, stalwart dedication to teen recovery, and authentic creative talents have proven themselves a rare, tremendous, and invaluable combination in her work both in private practice and with our RTC clients and their families. Her future goals include pursuit of her degree as a research psychologist, advocating and fighting for those without a voice.