About Me

I became a counselor because I am passionate about healing!  I believe that people have the ability to change and improve their lives in ways they never thought possible.  I work hard to cultivate a space of warmth, kindness and safety so that we can explore this territory together.  You can expect me to be compassionate, warm, determined and fierce in our work together, loyal and tenacious in advocating for you.  I look forward to empowering and motivating you in a safe, non-judgmental space where the therapeutic process will be tailored to fit your needs.

I have cared for people with a broad range of challenges including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, relationship concerns, grief & loss, life transitions, addiction and trauma.  I also specialize in eating disorders (please see the eating disorder tab for more information).

Some of the treatment orientations I work from include: Person-Centered, Existential-Humanistic, Internal Family Systems, Multicultural, Relational, Strength Based, Trauma Focused, Feminist, Integrative, HAES® (Health at Every Size), Body Trust® and Sand Tray.

In terms of my education and training, I earned my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health from George Fox University and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Oregon (no. C5818).  I am a Certified Body Trust® Provider with Be Nourished and have completed Level 1 training in Internal Family Systems (IFS).

My Ethical Statement

As a mental health counselor, ethics are integral to my practice both from a professional and a personal standpoint.  I follow the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics and have also adopted the following ethical standards in connection with my practice.

 

Healing

I will do everything in my power to create a space where healing can happen. 

My office is a safe, non-judgmental environment designed for you to feel open and comfortable. 

Possibility

I will always approach our work together believing in the ability for change and the opportunity for you to live your best life.

Support

You do not have to suffer in isolation.  Let me help you hold space for the burdens that you bear.

Safety

If we are of different generations, ethnic backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, spiritual traditions, body sizes or abilities: please know, you are welcome here.

Collaboration

You are the expert of your own life.  I will work with you and support you without telling you what to do. 

We will work at your pace and I will never push you to go into areas where you feel unsafe.

Learning

I am committed to providing you with the best care possible by staying current in my field, attending annual trainings, seeking collaboration and supervision with experts and always being honest with you in our interactions.

Privilege

My work to understand and address my own privilege and implicit biases is ongoing and essential to my practice. 

Contact

Phone: 503-660-3097

Email: amanda@amandaludka.com

Location: Gresham, Oregon

(The best way to get in touch is via email.)

 

Currently I am doing virtual consults and appointments only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  I am hopeful to re-open my office in early 2021 in Gresham, Oregon.

(Please email me should you require a mailing address.) 

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