Meet Amanda

Amanda Trost, M.Ed, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, supervised by Mark Cagle, LPC-S 

 

My passion is helping clients as they work to better understand themselves, their personal and family histories, and the world around them. I work with adults and adolescents to reduce and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety, process grief and trauma, improve relationships, and change behavioral patterns such as procrastination or perfectionism. I am a believer in therapy to alleviate distress but also as a regular part of wellness and recognize the importance the connection between our minds and bodies.

 

I understand the dynamics that affect adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families and survivors of child abuse and neglect. I enjoy working with adults from such backgrounds as they take a look back, build a more complete picture of their life story, and often find solace in knowing that they aren’t alone.

 

My first career was in public-school education. I have witnessed the stress that our kids are often under just trying to stay afloat and am well equipped to assist students and their families as they overcome both personal and education-related challenges. Working as a motivational speaker and speech and debate coach has allowed me to follow a passion for helping others find their voice. I have experience in coaching teens and adults to use words and ideas to change themselves and the world around them. Additionally, I have an interest in counseling teachers and enjoy helping them navigate the unique emotional identity that comes with being an educator but also enjoy working with those from all walks of life to navigate a deeper understanding of self. In 2020 I received a Master’s in Education in Counseling from the University of Houston. I have been seeing clients in private practice since 2019.

 

All political, cultural, and religious viewpoints are welcome in my office.

 

Meet Zen (the Therapy Cat/Co-Therapist)

 

Zen, our office therapy cat, is available by request. His presence often helps clients feel more comfortable, especially when discussing emotional or difficult content. Animal assisted therapy has been proven to reduce blood pressure, improve motivation, and positively impact the overall success of therapy.

 

NOTICE TO CLIENTS The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council investigates and prosecutes professional misconduct committed by marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, psychologists, psychological associates, social workers, and licensed specialists in school psychology. Although not every complaint against or dispute with a licensee involves professional misconduct, the Executive Council will provide you with information about how to file a complaint. Please call 1-800-821-3205 for more information.