Brandon Area Psychology Associates, LLC

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Amanda Wagner, M.ED., ED.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
FL Lic.# MT2858
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As for my academic background, I received a BA degree with honors in Psychology from the University of South Florida in 2001. I later went on to receive a MA and Specialist degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida in 2005. In 2006 I received a certificate in EEG Neurotherapy.

Premarital, marital, and family therapy is practiced from a systemic perspective. In therapy, the couple and family are viewed as a system and will learn about their beliefs and ways of acting and reacting within that system. Individual therapy focuses on assisting clients to work through issues, which can also affect the couple/family. Depending on the situation, I practice using an Adlerian, Gottman, or Cognitive Behavioral Approach.

Therapy is an active process that at times may include homework, practicing techniques, or challenging current beliefs and behaviors. In session, we will work together, but out of session you will be given tools to do the work that will help change to occur when we are not working together. It is necessary to take part in your own growth and identify your desires for change and practice your newly learned skills.

My research interests have been in the following areas:
*Divorce on children's well being
*Adult romantic attachment style
*Parenting styles and effects on children
*The use of Cognitive therapy with Personality Disorders
*The relationship between an individual's romantic attachment and their parents romantic attachment style
*Understanding off label pharmacology and use with children

I specialize in the following areas:
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Peer Relationships
  • Sexual Abuse

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Family Conflict
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Infidelity