Amanda Straka, MS, LPCLPC

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In Central Time

What does a first session with you look like?

A first session is typically the initial assessment. It is primarily focused on gathering as much information about the client as possible. After the first session the real therapy part begins.

If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

That therapy is hard work! It takes time and a lot of practice. Therapy is basically trying to determine what is affecting the client and how we can change or adjust their responses to get a better outcome. I takes a lot of time to change a habit. But if you work at it, work with me we will get through the hard work and a better you!





Mood disorders

Coping Skills

General Expertise





Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Anger management

Bipolar disorder

Caregiver stress & support



First Session


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Individual Session

Couples Session

Group Session



Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Children (5-12)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Person-Centered Therapy

Positive Psychology

Psychoanalytic Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Training / Certifications

Year of training on many levels. CPR, CPI, First Aid, PTSD, Eating disorders, Substance abuse.


IL, LPC, 178013412


Masters in Clinical Psychology

Bachelors in Psychology

Work History

I began working in 2016 and have almost 5 full years of experience helping others. I have worked in many setting including inpatient, outpatient, residential, and private practice. I have seen many different populations and ages and am open to working with nay client and their needs. I have my Masters in Clinical Psychology and an active licensure in counseling.


9641 West 153rd Street, Suite 48, Orland Park, 60462, IL