Amanda Baker, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Amanda Baker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at our Baltimore County office. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University in Psychology and went on to receive her Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She majored in mental health, minored in substance abuse treatment, and has certifications in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and trauma-informed CBT. Amanda has over eight years’ experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in multiple mental health settings. She has worked in a residential treatment center, schools, and community-based mental health clinics. Amanda also is a 200hr certified yoga instructor.
Amanda believes in the integration of mental health and yoga as a form of therapy practice both in individual and group sessions. When we are upset, whether from internal or external factors, our stress response is activated on a physical level, thus to be able to incorporate body-based movement and strategies as a way to regulate our emotions is a beneficial practice. Amanda is highly compassionate and believes the therapeutic relationship is the underlying agent of change. Amanda will meet you where you are through unconditional acceptance, non-judgment, and empathy. Amanda takes an integrative approach to therapy providing support, mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and trauma-informed care through awareness, somatic practices, and yoga. Amanda works with children, adolescents, and adults.
When Amanda is not working she is engaging in her own yoga practice, listening to music, reading, or writing poetry. Amanda has her own self-published poetry book entitled “ASK: A Collection of Poetry, Lyrics, and Words” which can be found on Amazon! Amanda is married and has a three-year-old son, Dylan. As a family they love to travel, go on walks, and just play.