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Psychotherapy Greenwich, CT Amanda Poole, LCSW, Therapy for Individuals and Couples.

Welcome.

Are you considering starting therapy? I’d like to speak with you to see if we can work together.

As a licensed clinical social worker, my goal is to help you connect with your true self and feel a greater sense of contentment in your life. I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues, building a relationship that fosters courage for change.

Treatment specialization includes:

  • Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
  • Couples Counseling
  • Substance Abuse and Recovery
  • Parenting Support
  • Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders

Treatment Approach

My style as a therapist is interactive, conversational, and friendly. I ask a lot of questions both so that I learn about who you are, and as a way of helping to deepen your self-awareness. I believe that an important element of the therapeutic process is being able to listen to yourself out loud, while feeling understood in a nonjudgmental, compassionate way. I am curious about the underlying emotions and beliefs that shape self-image, effect relationships, and motivate behavior.

ABOUT

HomeI completed my undergraduate studies in Philosophy and the History of Math and Science at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM. After working for several years in news media in Paris and New York, I completed my Masters of Social Work studies at Columbia University. My postgraduate training in psychodynamic psychotherapy was at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapies in New York City. I have been in private practice for 10 years in Greenwich and NYC, and I worked at Greenwich Hospital in the Addiction Recovery Center until the birth of my second child several years ago. I have trained extensively in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples at the Center for Hope and Renewal in Greenwich. I am a certified yoga instructor.

I am a member of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). ICEEFT serves as a center of excellence for the promotion of secure, resilient and successful relationship between partners and within families. I am also a member of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NYCEFT). NYCEFT provides training and supervision to mental health professionals in Emotionally Focused Therapy.

AMANDA POOLE, LCSW

SERVICES

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Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy

Working one on one, in a confidential, supportive atmosphere, I provide an individualized therapy experience, drawing on training in 12-Step Recovery, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Relational Therapy. I offer concrete strategies for change when necessary, including offering referrals for complementary therapies or higher level of care. I aim to help people to explore aspects of themselves that perhaps feel stuck or inaccessible, and to dispel the fear that meaningful change is impossible.

Couples Counseling

I use the Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) treatment model for couples therapy. EFT is the leading approach for evidence based treatment in couples counseling. EFT is a short-term (8-20 sessions) structured therapy, that helps couples to identify negative patterns in their relationship as the first step in creating change. Based on the principles of Attachment Theory, EFT recognizes the very human need for a sense of emotional connection and for having secure bonds in relationships. Couples learn how to communicate and respond to one another in a more loving way, creating a meaningful experience of closeness and lasting change. 

Having the “right fit” in a therapist/client relationship is essential for therapy to work. In the very first interactions, you should feel heard and respected, free to ask questions, relatively comfortable in the office space, discussing fee, insurance, and scheduling issues. It is helpful if you are able to articulate your goals and expectations for therapy. You should leave therapy with a reasonable sense that there is hope for change and growth, and that the therapist seems experienced and competent to help you. 

Medication alone is rarely sufficient to address the issues people most seek to change. Often it is a helpful additional intervention, depending on each individuals needs, I recognize and respect that many people prefer not to take medication, and in that case I would never push someone to do so. However, it is a conversation worth having, and while I am not licensed to prescribe medication, I do work with several prescribers who I refer to as needed.

Everything that we discuss in therapy is confidential. If you ask me to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team, I cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission first.

That said, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am a mandated reporter in the event that someone is a danger to themselves or others. Should this issue arise in treatment, we would work together to handle the situation carefully and respectfully.

I require a 24 hour in advance notification in order to cancel an appointment. Please note that you will be charged for you session if you do not notify me 24 hours in advance.

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Appointments

To schedule a therapy appointment or to obtain additional information about my counseling services, please fill out the form below or give me a call.

Insurance

I provide all the necessary paperwork for my clients to be reimbursed by their insurance provider. The majority of my clients receive some form of reimbursement form their insurance. Please call your insurance provider to determine your coverage.

As of January 1st, 2014, the new Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act became effective. This law expands the coverage for out-of-network mental health services. Please see the following link for more information: Samhsa.gov

Payment

I accept cash, check and all major credit cards. Payment is due at the end of each session.

Forms

Please fill out the New Client Intake Form and the Confidentiality Form and bring to your first session.

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Electronic Forms

PDF forms (for download)

New Client Intake & Cancellation Policy Form

Confidentiality Form

If you would like me to coordinate care with another professional (e.g., your psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.), please complete the applicable release of information form below:

Consent to Release Information Form

Schedule Online

Request a therapy appointment online here

Contact Questions?

Please contact me for further information.

Amanda Poole, LCSW

917 302 5455
[email protected]
2 Benedict Place
Greenwich, CT 06830

Rates

Please inquire.
Sliding scale payment accepted as needed.

Cancellation Policy

If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.