Amanda Sullivan MSW, LMSW ~ Counselor
Amanda received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Women and Gender Sexuality Studies from Central Connecticut State University in 2019 and received her Master’s from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in 2022. During her undergraduate program, Amanda completed an internship at Klingberg Family Center as an Ana Grace Project intern. As an intern, Amanda taught social emotional skills to K-5th graders at Northend Elementary School in New Britain, CT with the goal of building healthy relationships, increasing human connection and decreasing violence in communities.
After graduating with her Bachelor’s, Amanda began working as a mental health counselor for Wheeler Clinic’s Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS). During her time at IICAPS, Amanda provided crisis support for both her clients and their families and provided individual and family therapy multiple times a week. Through her encounters with clients and close loved ones, Amanda became very passionate about providing support for those who had been sexually assaulted. She became a certified sexual assault crisis counselor volunteer at the YWCA of New Britain. She assisted with accompanying clients during police statements, evidence collection kids, hotline calls, as well as advocating for her clients’ needs.
Throughout her Master’s program, Amanda interned at Newington High School and facilitated a life skills group to encourage students to become independent and self-sufficient. She often collaborated with parents, staff and the school social worker at 504/IEP meetings to advocate for students’ needs and highlighted their successes. During her last field placement, Amanda interned here at Pinnacle and co-facilitated the middle school group. Through her field placement, Amanda became familiarized and passionate about the importance of dialectical behavioral therapy and providing services to adolescents and their families who are all capable of flourishing.