Amanda M. Patterson, MA, LPC
I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology and Masters in Counseling from Central Michigan University. Prior to joining the Gratiot team I developed my clinical skills providing individual and couples therapy at CCMC Psychological Services and at the Central Michigan University Counseling Center.
I enjoy working with children, adolescents and adults. I will use a variety of approaches in our sessions in order to understand and treat the root causes, not just the symptoms, of your issues. I prefer cognitive-behavioral, strength-based and relational therapy techniques that are designed to address you as a whole person. I believe that this deeper exploration and understanding allows for meaningful and sustainable healing and growth. I aspire to empower others in finding the path that can lead them to a more fulfilling life and engage them in their journey towards meaningful and lasting change.
When I am not in the office providing hope to others I can be found spending time with my husband and two daughters, Tori and Bella. Hobbies of mine include camping, swimming, reading, jogging, dancing, singing, and really anything at all to do with music. I look forward to working with you and hope to help you make a meaningful change in your life.
Leon completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists (now Southern Adventist University) in Collegedale TN. He then completed a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and a Doctor of Psychology degree with a minor concentration in neuropsychology from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda CA.
Before joining Gratiot Psychological Services, Leon worked in a variety of clinical settings including (but not limited to) rehab and geropsychology, Social Security Disability psychological evaluations, adolescent group homes (for boys and girls) and the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Outside the office Leon enjoys spending time with his wife Cheryl, reading, walking, bicycling, music and writing.
I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from Central Michigan University and my Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Prior to working at Gratiot Psychological Services, I worked for several years at St. Vincent Catholic Charities Children’s Home in Lansing, MI as a residential therapist providing individual, group, and family therapy. I have been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model to help further address incidents of trauma in children and adolescents.
Outside the office I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also like to spend time reading, watching movies, painting or drawing, and being outside.
As a therapist, my priority is achieving positive outcomes for the people I serve. I have a multi-dimensional approach to therapy and a strong foundation in evidence based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Additionally, I can offer a variety of interventions tailored to your specific needs as an individual. I understand and embrace the vital importance of a strong therapeutic alliance and working relationship with my clients. I am a 2015 graduate of Indiana University with a Master of Science degree (MS) in Counseling and Counselor Education as well as an Education Specialist degree (Ed.S) in Mental Health Counseling and a minor in Human Development. I have several years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Before deciding to become a therapist, I received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Alma College (Michigan) in Theatre. As such, I emphasize the importance of personal expression and creative expression in the work my clients and I do together. I look forward to working with you to achieve the outcomes you desire and to work toward the discovery of your best self.
Amanda’s interest in people and their lives combined with her constant need to be creative helped her decide to receive her Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy from Wayne State University. Amanda has clinical experience working with people of all ages in an inpatient psychiatric setting, utilizing group, individual, and art therapy.
When not in the office, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. She also is usually working on various art projects like jewelry making, crocheting, painting, and wood burning.