"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination." - Carl Rogers
Hello, I'm Amanda Garges
MS, LCMHCA, NCC
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. -Maya Angelou
As a therapist, I believe healing comes from a place of deep understanding and insight. I would love to walk this journey of self-discovery with you as we navigate through past and present hardships and explore a healthier, more fulfilling path for you.
Dual Diagnosis & Addiction
I am passionate about helping those struggling with addiction and other co-occurring mental health disorders.
I also love working with those in the LGBTQ+ community to provide affirming treatment and support. I find great importance in having a safe and welcoming space for you to explore what it means to be you.
I particularly enjoy working with:
Sexuality and Gender Identity
Grief & Loss
I also work with teens (13+) and adults of all ages!
I am deep-rooted in person-centered therapy, which places you in the driver’s seat with me as a compassionate and empathetic guide beside you. I use a combined, evidence-based approach to meet the needs of you as an individual. I am experienced and trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy and trauma-informed care and believe in empowering the individual to address unresolved issues from childhood.
More About Amanda
My Professional Background
I completed my undergrad in Psychology from Salisbury University in 2016. In 2020, I earned my MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I have a strong background working with substance abuse and mental health disorders in various settings, including the prison system, residential treatment, and community outpatient agencies. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (#A16695) and a National Certified Counselor (#1461887).
A little more about me...
My wife and I moved here to North Carolina in October 2020 from central Florida.
Jack, and our lab/pit mix, Bailey.
I also enjoy reading, movies, concerts, and learning new things, like playing the guitar.