Trusted therapist, Amanda Plumb, is a licensed professional counselor and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional throught the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She specializes in providing individual counseling, through the ups and downs of life, the challenges of relationships, and life’s transitions. Amanda is a Virginia Beach “local” and has served clients in the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk area for the last eight years! Her practice is built on trust, wise and pragmatic counsel, discretion, confidentiality, and professionalism.
In 2007, Amanda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services Counseling and Psychology from Old Dominion University. Upon graduating, Amanda pursued a career in counseling attending the prestigious Regent University where she was a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society and received a Master’s Degree in Counseling with honors. Throughout her post-graduate studies, Amanda served as an individual and family therapy intern for several agencies throughout the Hampton Roads area focusing on a variety of issues like: life transitions relationships, grief and loss, anxiety, boundaries, trauma, abuse, recovering from break-ups, self-esteem, and personal growth.
Amanda began her career as a Counselor at The Dwelling Place Ecumenical Family Shelter in Norfolk and completed her graduate internship with Virginia Beach Community Services Board (CSB) outpatient and day treatment program. Amanda completed her 3 year post graduate residency as a Counselor at Harbor Point Behavioral Health Center and was an In-Home Counselor with the Institute for Family Centered Services (IFCS) located in Chesapeake where she became certified as a Family Treatment Provider. Amanda also worked as a Counselor with Family Preservation Services located in Virginia Beach. In 2013, she became a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. Amanda is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals and the American Counseling Association. I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP), as well as, a Diplomate with The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and Crisis (DAAETS.) I utilize evidence-based treatment to provide a private and emotionally safe healing environment for my clients.
Amanda’s approach to therapy is person centered and systemic (acknowledging the important influence of families, work, faith, and school). She is strengths-based and utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Psychoanalysis. Amanda also draws upon the powerful tool of family systems and attachment theory to show how early life experiences influence relationships. Amanda works to establish a client-therapist relationship that is collaborative while providing effective and tailored cognitive and behavioral interventions to the client’s need so that the client experience’s positive change throughout the therapy process and permanency thereafter.
When not at Haven Counseling, Amanda enjoys restorative yoga, reading, gardening, design, cooking, music, trivia, art, local community events, movies, shopping, relaxing at the beach, hiking at First Landing State Park, and spending time with her pets. Amanda is an animal lover and animal advocate. Whether through volunteer work to give back to the local community or through Haven Counseling, Amanda enjoys the opportunity to support, advise, and encourage others. She would be both excited and honored to work with you!
Amanda comes from a proud third generation military family. She is a proud American who has deep respect and appreciation for those veterans, retired military and active military warriors, Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Community and all of the Special Operations Communities, as well as, for those fallen heroes whose sacrifice should never to be forgotten.