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Therapeutic Sand, LLC Welcomes You

Amanda Smyth, LCSW

Amanda has been working with individuals as a mental health practitioner for 20 years.  She works with adults, children, and families to find a path to a holistically healthy way of life, to heal and develop lasting coping skills to navigate obstacles and hardships.  Her dedication as a clinical school-based social worker for 17 years has provided her with a vast knowledge and a specialty in understanding the needs of young children, adolescents and their parents.

 
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“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us”

Joseph Cambell

 
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What To Expect At Your Visit

Guiding You On the Path of Self-Healing

Perhaps you're feeling down, anxious, overly stressed, experienced a major life change or loss or have a child who needs support. Maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, caught in a cycle of self destructive behavior or just feel that you aren't living the life you were meant to lead. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer support. Therapy is a process of growth, self-discovery, and healing.   I am here to provide a safe environment to explore those places together.

 

Services I Offer

Individual Therapy

A Happier, Healthier You

During our time together we’ll work to solve current problems, develop strategies to address areas you identify and want to change.  We will increase positive thinking and responses and “re-frame” reactions to difficult situations.  You will gain valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles. I’m confident you’ll find my personalized Individual Therapy beneficial and inspirational. Get in touch to book an appointment.

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Sandplay Therapy

Healing Mind, Body and Spirit

In our sessions, we’ll put to work a transforming non-verbal mode of therapy. Sandplay therapy, a multidimensional modality that is powerful for both adults and children alike.  It works to process deep seated memories and experience that shapes our daily living.   Experience emotional healing without having to find the words to describe you deepest memories, thoughts and feeling.   It is ideal for children as it works within their natural ability of expressing themselves through play.  Adults often find it transformational. Get in touch to book an appointment.

Animal Assisted Therapy

Meet Bromley

Bromley is a one year old rescued mixed breed.   She has completed formal training and passed the AKC's Canine Good Citizen test and a certified therapy dog exam.  Bromley is available to join therapy sessions for additional support for clients.    She's super sweet, will give you a cuddle and unconditional love.  Research shows that spending time with a therapy canine will reduce stress, lower blood pressure and leave the person with a sense of happiness and wellbeing.  
A therapy dog may help;
- Decrease stress and anxiety, including that from post-traumatic stress disorder, 
- Decrease loneliness and/or feelings of isolation
- Decrease aggressive behavior
- Increase mental stimulation
- Children to focus and have an increase in attention skills, and verbal interactions
- Increase self-esteem, and a feeling of acceptance resulting in being more apt to accept social and emotional support
- Decrease in cortisol (stress hormone) level & increase in the good hormones associated with happiness.

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Grief Therapy

Adjusting to the Pain

The experience of grief is unique, complex, and personal. Grief may concern the death of a loved one, or it could involve a unexpected or unwanted life change such as divorce or job loss.  Everything that makes you an individual will affect your process of grief.   As a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist I am here to meet your specific needs.

Parent Support

Here for you

Feeling overwhelmed by your child's needs and looking for support through these difficult times of being a parent? Doubting yourself and looking be the best parents you can be?  Let's work together, parenting is hard, as a Parent Education Specialist I am confident you will find my individualized therapy beneficial for you and your child.

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Contact Me

Ocean Township, NJ

973-879-4432

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