Amanda Kracen, PhD

MY PHILOSOPHY & APPROACH

I believe that people experience challenges and distress; this is part of life for all of us. However, I also believe that people are inherently resilient and can learn to thrive in spite of adversity. As a therapist, I work with individuals to help them find their own answers and solutions to improve their lives and relationships. My goal in therapy is to provide a safe, trusting environment to help people examine what may be contributing to distress and identify strategies to increase meaning, purpose, and growth.

I see therapy as a collaboration between the therapist and the client; we work together to meet the client’s goals. As a therapist, I am warm, caring, respectful, supportive, and genuine. I am guided by professional ethics and completely committed to confidentiality. I believe that trust is key to any strong, productive relationship, especially a therapeutic relationship. I have been privileged to work with individuals who have varied by age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, country of origin, socioeconomic status, religion, etc.

I see therapy as a collaboration between the therapist and the client; we work together to meet the client’s goals. As a therapist, I am warm, caring, respectful, supportive, and genuine. I am guided by professional ethics and completely committed to confidentiality. I believe that trust is key to any strong, productive relationship, especially a therapeutic relationship. I have been privileged to work with individuals who have varied by age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, country of origin, socioeconomic status, religion, etc.

MY SPECIALTY AREAS

  • Cancer treatment/survivorship/fear of recurrence
  • Other health-related concerns or chronic illness
  • Caregiving challenges
  • End-of-life, grief, loss or bereavement
  • Well-being and stress management for professionals, particularly healthcare professionals and trainees (medical students, residents and fellows)
  • Professional career concerns such as career change, job loss, and work-related conflicts

Additionally, I have over ten years of experience working with adults who are struggling with:

  • Life dissatisfaction
  • Anxiety related disorders (Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder)
  • Depression
  • Stressful life events
  • Relationship challenges and stressors
  • Life and role transitions

PSYCHOTHERAPY INTERVENTIONS

As a therapist and researcher, I use evidence-based therapy interventions including:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy Approaches
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Brief Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Existential Therapy

4231 Laclede Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108

(314) 246-8704

License Number: 2011035798

Appointments Available
On Tuesdays

Day & Evening Hours