Special Strong is now giving local businesses a platform to share how their services can make a difference for people with special needs. This service provider is Amanda Lerchie, a licensed professional counselor intern with Richland Oaks Counseling Center McKinney.
What do you do?
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, supervised by Lindsay Ballinger, PhD, LPC-S, at Richland Oaks Counseling Center McKinney. I work with children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups. My special interests are working with children and families with special needs and mental health issues.
Tell us your story and why you got started.
As a mother to children with special needs and mental health issues, I felt the need to become equipped for our family’s challenges. Counseling has been so instrumental in this process. The support from others over the years has inspired me to want to help others navigate this challenging journey.
If someone was considering your services, what would you want them to know?
The therapeutic relationship of counseling can be a powerful vehicle for change and healing for individuals needing help. I work from a Client-Centered Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach. I frequently integrate traditional talk therapy with creative modalities like expressive arts, play therapy, sand tray therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy, which helps in creating an authentic, therapeutic space.
While I enjoy working with individuals from all backgrounds and beliefs, I can additionally implement faith-based Christian counseling.
What else do you want our readers to know?
I have years of experience of professionally and personally working with families with special needs. I developed my church’s first special needs ministry back in Louisiana. I understand what it is like to steer down a path that can sometimes feel isolating and overwhelming at times.