My goal is to help you to achieve that balance.
In life, there is an obvious emphasis in attaining physical health, and too often, there is less emphasis on the importance of mental health. In particular, how mental health can be impacted by physical health, and how physical health can impact mental health.
Whether you experience chronic illness, trauma, identity issues (sexual orientation, ethnicity, the roles we play)-these are all areas that can affect one’s overall health. As a clinical psychologist, I have years of experience working in all these areas and hope to serve you to improve your well being.
Dr. Amendola provides psychotherapy to adolescents (16+ yo) and adults presenting with a wide range of mental health concerns. Specifically, she specializes in depression and anxiety, and works with individuals experiencing the effects of trauma, diversity issues, and chronic health issues. She utilizes an integrative approach and has been trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and relational therapy.
She places a high value on authenticity, empathy, and safety, and strives to work on clear goals to improve well-being.
Dr. Amendola is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology, as well as her Master of Psychology (M.Psy.) and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) degrees at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She completed an APA-accredited program in California. She has experience working in a variety of settings, including: state hospitals, community mental health centers, intensive outpatient facilities, schools, and private practices.
As someone who personally manages Crohn’s disease and PSC (a rare disease that is often associated with IBD), she provides an added perspective and understanding that other professionals treating chronic health issues may lack. Additionally, she is the child of immigrants, fluent in Spanish, and can provide treatment in Spanish if needed.
As a clinical psychologist diagnosed with two chronic autoimmune illnesses, I share my experiences in hope that it is helpful. This blog is a place for learning, for understanding, and ultimately for healing.