Hello, my name is Amanda Gurgel, a licensed mental health counselor and life coach in Fort Lauderdale. Every day, I strive in helping individuals, families, and children to rekindle their hope while facing life’s obstacles. I utilize research based approaches that are tailored to meet your emotional and lifestyle needs.
Through my own journey with depression and anxiety, I remember how difficult it was to truly understand what I was going through; I didn’t want to “bother anyone” and felt completely alone, but you don’t have to! In my opinion, there are not enough places for people to be vulnerable, breathe, and to fully feel accepted without judgement. I welcome my clients with genuineness, empathy, and a safe place for healing. I have successfully helped hundreds of client’s restore their mental health, balance, and happiness. I’m dedicated to helping you unlock your full potential and live a life you deserve.
I was born in Brazil and raised in the United States. Family is very important to me, and I try my best to help other families strive! My mom is my daily inspiration. She has managed to conquer life’s tragedies with a strong heart and a smile. She has definitely guided my path to help others! It has been my true calling to be an educator, motivator, and a therapist for those facing life’s adversities. To me, the therapeutic relationship between client & counselor represents a full circle as we learn from each other.
In 2013, I graduated with a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Here, I received extensive evidence based trainings for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play & Art therapy, Existential, and Solution Focused Approaches. Also in 2008, I was top of my class and awarded a Bachelors in Psychology from FIU with a minor in business. I am also a professional member of the American Counseling Association. I continue to remain current on research based techniques with yearly trainings and attending national & local conferences.
For over 10 years, my comprehensive experience in education, community based counseling services, and private settings have enabled me to successfully treat: anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, bullying, improving relationships, and divorce. In 2019, I opened Beyond-Counseling, furthering my mission towards helping others experience personal transformation in a safe and non-judgmental space. I want my client’s to feel accepted and know they are not alone on this journey. Outside of practice, I offer weekly TEEN TALK meetups to educate and support families on mental health concerns. Recently, I joined a non-profit organization to help children and teens facing physical pain and mental health; as a powerhouse team of specialists, we aim to improve the overall wellbeing of children (Mind, Body, and Spirit) by providing a safe, fun-filled activities, and community support.
I love being a kid at heart, exploring different beaches, snorkeling, scuba diving, and having a blast on the jet ski! I also have a deep quest for traveling the world, learning new cultures, foods, languages, and experiences. My favorite pastime is being with my family, fiancé, and friends while listening to Bob Marley music. On the weekends, I enjoy playing with my rescue puppy, Sky. I also play co-ed beach volleyball! Fun fact about me is that I enjoy helping preserve the earth by recycling daily and doing beach clean ups!
Why Work With Me?
Mental health conditions are on the rise and I want to be part of the solution. I have been so fortunate to witness positive change in my client’s lives, and now I would like to help you with your transformation. My goal is to walk alongside you in this journey of self-transformation; together we will discover effective tools to support your emotional growth and restore your happiness. My therapeutic services are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Scheduling is convenient with weekend and evening hours available for online or office counseling.
Play Therapy, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorder, Trauma, Depression and Anxiety
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art and Play Therapy, and Emotional Freedom Technique/Tapping.
Avmed/Magellan, Cigna, Aetna,, Multiplan and Seminole Tribe