Amanda Martinez

Amanda Martinez, LSW, MBA, CADC, EMDR, CTP

Therapy • Loop

Now offering online video visits for patients

(312) 815-9660

333 N Michigan Ave #1400, Chicago, IL 60601

Bio

Providing clients with non-judgmental, caring, and compassionate treatment is my passion. Clients face enough hardship trying to navigate the healthcare system, with red tape, confusing paperwork, limited resources, and access, on top of the added frustration of stigma that attitudes given by those they entrust with their care. This can often make mental health and recovery seem out of reach, impossible, or that the client is “not worthy”.

Empowerment, validation, and client-centered therapy are what help my clients overcome obstacles they encounter, along with a therapist who believes in being an advocate. My mission is to help clients become the best version of themselves, whatever that may be. Treatment is not a “cookie-cutter” approach and must be tailored and individualized to each person. Each client will have unique challenges.

I work with clients to help them get on track to lead a more fulfilling and productive life. It’s important to understand and empathize with the various challenges adults face,
and this is a central aspect of my treatment.

I am a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. I work with patients to maintain sobriety, prevent relapse, overcome relapse, and improve their self-esteem, relationships, and overall outlook on life. This area of counseling is uniquely challenging due to its diversity. I’ve worked with patients from a wide range of socioeconomic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. I completed my training at Aurora University. I hold both a Master in Social Work with specialties in Addictions and Healthcare and a Master in Business Administration with a specialty in Leadership.

I have a history of mental health and substance use experience through my 20 years in the U.S. Army, where I dealt with many Veterans who were struggling with various mental health issues and substance use issues, both in and out of service. I have experience with detox and residential inpatient counseling as a Veterans Therapist and Clinical Therapist. Facing recovery can be a terrifying, painful, and emotional experience. Many clients struggle to complete recovery programs. This is due in part to not only facing the substance use but having to face feelings of depression, anxiety, serious loss and life changes caused by substance use and the bridges burned “while using”.

I offer my clients a place of safety in an empathetic environment. Clients are free to establish a stronger sense of self, with an emphasis on finding meaning and purpose in life. I know that strength exists in each and every one. It is my job to help the client see it too, through self-growth, connection, and empowerment.

I offer a variety of treatments, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness. I can customize treatment specifically for you. I have a history of helping clients struggling with substance abuse, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, ADHD, and PTSD.

I consider learning about someone’s unique and personal story to be an honor and privilege. I look forward to professionally engaging with each client’s internal world while walking alongside them on their journey. I highly value therapeutic relationships and every opportunity to help others become better versions of themselves. It is because of my clients that I continue to be so passionate about my work. I’m continually inspired every day by the resiliency of the clients I serve and their trials of adversity. I believe that each and every one of my clients is a miracle, special in their own way! I am honored to serve, advocate, and help clients grow!

In-network insurances

    Blue Cross Blue Shield • Self pay • Aetna • Humana

Specialties

    Addiction/Substance Abuse • Adjustment Disorder • Alcoholism • Anger Management • Anxiety • Bipolar Disorder • Daytime Sleepiness • DBT/CBT • Depression • EMDR • Grief and Loss/Bereavement • Life Coaching • Life Transition • Major Depressive Disorder • Mindfulness • Mood Disorders • Occupational Difficulties • Relationship Issues • Sadness • Self Esteem • Social Anxiety • Stress/Worry • Suicidal Thoughts

Education and training

  • Aurora University, Master of Business Administration
  • Aurora University, Master of Social Work

Professional memberships

  • NASW
  • APA
  • NAMI
  • American Legion

Languages spoken

  • English

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