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 Buffy T. Wooten, Ph.D.

Gina Lang, Ph.D.

Pam Barnes-Palty, Psy.D.

Toni Ford, LAC

Amanda Malak, Psy.D.

Stephanie Salisbury, Psy.D.

 

We believe emotional healing is absolutely possible, dialectics are central, and collaboration is necessary, beneficial, and fruitful.

 

Dr. Amanda Malak

Mental health is about adapting, and Dr. Amanda S. Malak (she/her) helps you develop strategies to manage. She guides patients on their healing journeys with individualized, collaborative, strengths-based, empathic, and convenient treatment planning. As an associate therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) and over 5500 hours of supervised experience, she provides individual, group, family, and couples therapy to diverse groups and is particularly attuned to supporting multicultural couples, faith transitions, sexual concerns, and trauma. Adolescents and adults navigating their faith and sexuality (LGBTQ+ and same-sex attracted affirming), anxiety, depression, interpersonal pattern challenges, substance use, eating disorders, pregnancy/postpartum, family of origin concerns, identity development, and general life stressors would particular enjoy working with Dr. Malak.

 

Dr. Malak’s approach is evidence-based utilizing multimodal techniques from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), family systems, and somatic experiencing (SE). She coordinates care with other health professionals, religious leaders, schools, and/or families when necessary to ensure the most adequate, research-informed care possible is utilized. She offers services, primarily, through teletherapy (occasional face-to-face may be available). Telehealth is especially beneficial for busy patients who prefer flexibility and is less beneficial for patients who are severely suicidal and/or have some phobias.

 

After graduating with her Psy.D. from Midwestern University in 2020, Dr. Malak completed her postdoctoral residency at Wooten & Associates gaining specialized training treating perinatal women with substance use disorders and consultation. Prior to her graduation, she received extensive training integrating spirituality into psychotherapy with students at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Prior, she completed forensic psychotherapy and assessment training at Buwalda Psychological Services and sex offender treatment training at Family Transitions. Professionally, she also treated people with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders at Southwest Behavioral and Health Services. For a full professional background, visit linkedin.com/in/amandamalak.

Amanda S. Malak Psy.D.