Amanda L. Thomas, MPhEd, LAMFT
After spending time working in wilderness therapy with adolescents, I noticed parents & families weren’t getting support they needed while their loved ones were doing transformative work. The children were undergoing amazing change, but families remained the same, unchanged, and approached the reunion often with anxiety and lack of confidence.
Witnessing this crucial reunion repeatedly with families, I felt my calling into marriage and family therapy to ensure the entire family has the appropriate support throughout the entire journey. And to ensure a meaningful and mutually beneficial healing connection.
In 2007, I took my combined life experiences in sports coaching, camps, outdoor intervention programs, psychology and marriage and family therapy to establish my private practice working with families around the country to heal relationships and provide guidance in mental illness and addiction in their families.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I studied psychology and management at Gettsyburg College. After traveling overseas I chose to complete my graduate degree in New Zealand. I studied the psychological outcomes of outdoor interventions for my Masters at University of Otago, Dunedin. What I discovered is the relationships between the adolescents and the guides had the greatest impact in creating positive change and improving their self-esteem. I also learned how gender differs when it comes to outcomes.
Upon completion of my Masters, I returned to Pennsylvania to be an assistant coach for the men's volleyball team at Juniata College while also facilitating experiential programming & managing facilities for environmental centers.
I moved west to pursue a career in wilderness therapy after a NOLS course in Arizona. There, I was a field guide at Aspen Achievement Academy and went on to be assistant director of family services where I worked with parents during the reunion process facilitating multi family groups and developed and implemented family assessments.
Completing my Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) degree at Denver Family Institute informs a large part of how I help families and couples. I worked under Jim Thomas to complete my coursework while simultaneously working for a company to develop aftercare and transition programs throughout Colorado and nationally.
Personally I love living in a small town with all of the awesomeness that it has to offer being near lakes, rivers, skiing, gardening and the culture of the west. I am a dog lover and food eater!!!