- Is your relationship hurting, but your partner is unable or unwilling to attend therapy?
- Exhausted by the roller coaster of your moods, or struggling to tap into a grounded sense of self?
- Frustrated by dating, such as patterns of attraction to unavailable people or worries about if someone will leave once they know the “real” you?
- Struggling through a major transition, difficult loss, or shift in how you view yourself and your life?
We all experience times when it feels like we’re going through the motions of life rather than really living and connecting. We find ourselves stuck in frustrating and painful emotions or self-defeating patterns that maintain our personal status quo and want to know there is a way through to a different side.
- Relationship Concerns
- Loneliness, Disconnection & Loss
- Anxiety, Mood Swings & Stress
- History of Relational Trauma
- Codependence & Sense of Self
- LGBTQIA Identity
- Immigration Experiences
At HeartLink we know if it was enough to read a good self-help book to get unstuck, you would have done that long ago! Information and insight are powerful. Yet as creatures of mind, heart, and body, we need more than knowledge to heal old wounds and create meaningful change. Humans also need personal connection – a safe witness and guide who can support us in practicing how to show up in our relationships and lives differently.
We’re serious about helping you not only figure out what is keeping you stuck, but also about providing the connection and practice that make meaningful change possible. Therapy with us includes being brought out on the playing field of your own life in session where you learn how to slow down the old ways and show up in new, connected, and meaningful ones.
Services offered in English and Spanish.
The wound is the place where the light enters you. ~Rumi
What is Mindfulness & DBT?
According to teacher and author Bodhipaksa, “Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present with experience.” Simply put, mindfulness is the experience of being fully present to the present moment. Mindfulness is about awareness and participation in life rather than ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. And it can generate powerful effects in terms of joy, gratitude, and peace.
Developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a mindfulness-based approach designed to help individuals who struggle with intense emotions and multiple problems. In the individual and group contexts, DBT teaches clients more adaptive ways to think and act when life throws them curve balls, and how to find both momentum for change and acceptance about themselves and their lives to create a life worth living.
Amanda has completed over 100 hours of advanced training in DBT with experts in the field, including Dr. Michael Maslar and Dr. Shari Manning. She has also led DBT groups for adolescents, adults, and parents. She regularly integrates principles of Buddhist psychology into her work with clients, as influenced by Tara Brach and Bruce Tift.
Maria has completed the Foundation Course of Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) at Emory University as well as “The Power of Awareness” with renowned mindfulness practitioners Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.