Amanda Vanis, LMHC | School Based Therapist

    Personal Statement: A graduate school professor once told me, “Just because the process hurts, doesn’t mean the results won’t be beautiful.” I truly believe this in my soul, and validate it for many of the children and families I come into contact with, always fostering safety, hope, and confidence in themselves. Giving children the tools and encouragement to navigate difficult situations and come out stronger on the other side, is nothing short of amazing, and what drives my passion. I believe that a strong foundation is what gives children the ability to be resilient, overcome, and take charge, ultimately giving them a voice. It is then with that voice that they are able to value their true selves, and begin their journey, no matter what the path may hold, and I am honored to be a part of this pivotal process.

    Fun Facts about You: I am very active, and can regularly be found lacing up my tennis shoes after work to enjoy a much needed run to decompress at the end of the day. I absolutely love spending time with my husband and two rambunctious boys, and I always have at least a dozen Pinterest projects going at once. I also have a passion for photography, and am often seen with my camera in hand.

    Why did you choose Tanager Place? I was driven to Tanager because of their high level of respect in the community, and their desire and determination to focus on the well-being of children and families. Staff has a drive unlike any other, and the “above and beyond” mentality is something I strive for as well in a work environment.

    Therapeutic Style: Adlerian Play Therapy

    Education: BA in Psychology and a BS in Sociology from the University of Iowa; Masters in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs


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