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Amanda
Buckman

Amanda Buckman

At A Glance:

Specialties and Certifications

 

  • Neurodiverse Parenting Specialist

  • Neurodiverse Couples Specialist

  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 

 

Life Experience

 

  • Mother of 4, plus 2 children from a blended partnership (6 total!).

  • Successfully navigates a co-parenting arrangement

  • Has lived in a neurodiverse relationship and has neurodiverse children (autism and ADHD)

  • Former police officer

 

Education

 

  • Masters in Counseling Psychology

  • Doctoral Candidate ABD in Counseling Education

Amanda's Story

I grew up in a large, close-knit family consisting of 6 sisters and one brother. My parents instilled strength, perseverance, and resilience in each of us. I learned early on that I had to manage expectations and approach situations open-mindedly and positively. Positive and affirming language, humor, and gratefulness have always been how I live my life.

After a 25-year career in the entertainment industry, I decided to reevaluate my profession. As I contemplated the next steps, it became abundantly clear that I enjoyed helping others figure out their strengths and help them attain life goals. Consequently, I understand what it takes to balance stressful job demands and raise a family with someone you love. I offer you a life full of successes and mistakes that I have learned from to help you figure it out.

Main Areas of Focus
Parenting Neurodiverse Children

Amanda has personal experience as a mother of a neurodivergent 13 year old, working through the white waters of concern for her child’s behavior and development, receiving the diagnosis of neurodiversity, and wondering what it means to parent a child who is neurodiverse. 

 

Parenting neurodivergent children can be exponentially intense.  Amanda teaches parents positive parenting skills that encourage the use of “Why?” to address the child’s behavior, focusing on an understanding of the purpose that behavior serves the child and what they are trying to tell you.  Allowing the behavior to inform what needs to be put into place ahead of time to help the child manage the particular challenge, and also ensuring that consequences are related to the behavior/issue as a last resort to addressing behavior. 

 

Amanda encourages parents to catch their child’s positive behaviors whenever possible and to name specifically what they see so as to encourage the positive behavior to reoccur.

Neurodiverse Couples

Communication is important in every relationship, and it can be particularly challenging for a neurodiverse couple. Amanda believes that it is vital to identify solid communication strategies between partners, using specific techniques for handling relationship troubles, whether perpetual or solvable. 

 

These techniques encourage the understanding that emotions are important, there is no absolute reality, only two subjective ones, acceptance is crucial, and a development of fondness and admiration within the relationship. Amanda encourages couples to celebrate the small steps towards a larger goal and helps keep focus on what the couple can do to set themselves up to thrive.

Other Areas of Focus

 

  • Addiction

  • Affair Recovery

  • Major Life Transition Support, co-parenting, blended families, separation/divorce

  • Parent Coaching

  • Sex Therapy​

 

Clients

 

  • Couples

  • Families 

 

Modalities

 

  • Coaching

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Gottman Method

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)

  • Strength-Based

  • Structural Family Therapy

 

License

 

  • Registered Associate, MFTA #126006

  • Supervised by Dr. Harry Motro, LMFT #53452

  • Employed by New Path Couples Therapy Inc.

 

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