Amanda “Mandy” Sawilchik

Clinical Lead: Beyond Play, LCPC, SEP

Greetings and welcome to my page! I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a master’s degree from Northwestern University. I specialize in treating trauma and the disorders that present with acute trauma and PTSD, such as dissociation, anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, grief and loss, and self-injury. I am a somatic therapist (trauma tells its story through the body) and utilize a mix of therapies including play therapy, sand tray, EMDR, meditation, and a little bit of good old-fashioned talk therapy.

Somatic Play is a way to work with trauma without forcing the mind to relive experiences that are too much. Trauma isn’t an event that happened, it’s how our body responds to an overwhelming experience. Working in modalities like sand, expressive art, movement and EMDR is a way to process and heal from trauma without having to go back into the event and possibly risk being retraumatized. I work gently and so healing comes in small, manageable pieces. Together we make incremental changes with an individualized treatment plan that adds up to a new way to see yourself, your life and every new day.

I am a certified clinical trauma professional (CCTP) for adults, adolescents and children and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). I am also certified in Playful EMDR, sand tray therapy, mindfulness and meditation, and PTSD assessment. I am currently finishing my certification as a Registered Play Therapist and a Registered Yoga 200hr teacher training emphasis on Trauma-focused yoga.

If you are struggling, know that you are not alone. You may be at a place where change is essential.  Let’s work together to help you discover the person you were meant to be.

“Someone will always be prettier. Someone will always be smarter.

Someone will always be younger. But they will never be You.”

-Freddie Mercury