Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for daytime, evening, and weekend appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Amanda Jurist is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with expertise in supporting clients across the lifespan. She has a deep interest in the family system, including the exploration of early life experiences for anxiety and depression relief, building parenting skills, and modifying behavioral challenges. Her goal is to empower each client to become their own self-advocate, increasing personal efficacy at school, work, and in relationships.
In sessions with young adults and individuals in midlife, Amanda uses a primarily psychodynamic approach to help clients illuminate the ways in which their past influences their present. Many clients come to her office when they are experiencing overwhelming emotions of depression and anxiety or are facing times of uncertainty. Amanda gently guides a close inspection of where those feelings originate, tracing their roots to the destabilizing effects of an unpredictable childhood, and allowing clients to invest renewed control in their future.
Amanda also welcomes parents and young children to her practice and is particularly skilled at supporting families to successfully navigate a child's learning differences within the context of a school system. With offices located conveniently located throughout Manhattan, Amanda is excited to help clients of all ages set up for greater future successes.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Families – Helping families discuss their issues and concerns, and finding strategies to address challenges
Parenting – Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Children – Support children through their personal and social issues, and help develop healthy behaviors and habits
Behavioral modification – Helping individuals identify harmful or negative behavior, and working together to replace them with healthy behaviors
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Autism spectrum disorder – Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; skill-building in areas of daily routine, transitions, coping with overwhelming sensory experiences, social skills, and emotion identification and regulation
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Perinatal mental health – Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Women’s issues – Finding one's voice as a woman; letting go of shame; self-care and healing
Amanda is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Individual sessions: $200/session (50min)
Family sessions: $250/session (50min)
Therapist's note: Amanda can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"Finding balance while juggling life’s responsibilities can be overwhelming. I understand that career, financial responsibilities, family, relationship and parenting challenges that arise in life may feel daunting and we all need help sorting through those feelings. My genuine empathy for people and the human experience underlies my passion to guide clients to a purpose filled life. Whether you’re faced with a temporary crisis or you’re looking to learn skills necessary to maintain a balanced life, I offer a supportive safe space with the goal of promoting understanding and self-awareness."
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
The Denham Group (Private Practice), LA & NYC, 2014 - Present
The Maple Counseling Center, Beverly Hills, CA, 2013 - 2016
El Centro del Pueblo Family Preservation Unit, LA, 2012 - 2013
Olympia Academy Residential Treatment Facility, LA, 2010 - 2012
University of Southern California, Master of Social Work, 2010 – 2013
Spelman College, Bachelor of Arts, 2010