Amanda Leone, MSW, LSW
Amanda is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of New Jersey in the process of completing requirements for her License in Clinical Social Work. With a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, she has also completed a post-graduate degree in Equine Facilitated Mental Health Therapy. Amanda spent her early career working with children, adults, families, and groups in both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health programs providing Adventure, Equine, and Trauma focused therapies for anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, and trauma.
Acting as a compass, Amanda guides her clients to find their inner voice. As partners on this journey, she invites them to create a world inside that feels welcoming, accepting, and open. Throughout this process, there is much uncovering to do around the issues that cause us to be harsh and critical of ourselves, to feel anxious or fragile, depressed, or angry.
As a lover of animals and horses, Amanda is equally open hearted towards humans and is described by others as relatable and kind. She helps her clients identify what feels authentic within them so they can access the strengths they have inside.
Horses are a passion of Amanda’s, and she has the unique ability to use horses as part of her psychotherapy to support clients who may need more than the traditional talk therapy. Amanda believes that nature and horses are powerful co-facilitators to therapy and especially enjoys the use of metaphors, mediation, and mindfulness activities to help clients on their journey of healing. She takes a holistic approach to psychotherapy and draws on modalities like Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused CBT, and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Amanda works with people suffering from varied forms of trauma, grief, self-identity issues, chronic illnesses, depression, and anxiety. She works with children, adolescents, and adults and is LGBTQIA informed. She believes the best clinical work is achieved by empowering people to own their story, but no longer be defined by it.
When Amanda is not in the office she is usually off on an adventure with her family in the great outdoors hiking, camping, and going to the lake. Her sanctuary is the barn with her horses. She is the proud Mama of her son, daughter, 2 dogs, 3 cats, bunny, and 2 horses. Amanda lives by the lyrics, “Life ain’t always beautiful but it’s a beautiful ride”.