Dr. Amanda Malak
Mental health is about adapting, and I have faith that you have the tools within you to manage. Let me be your guide to navigate your healing journey. I operate as a GPS pointing out different side streets you may want to explore, and you get to determine whether or not you want to explore those spaces. My goal is for you to no longer need me as a GPS because you become familiar with the winding roads of life and you have a plethora of friendly passengers helping you navigate instead of a formal GPS system.
I recently completed a Predoctoral Health Psychology Internship at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and graduated from Midwestern University with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) in Glendale, Arizona. I enjoy guiding diverse patients and families through healing with a research-informed, person-centered philosophy while utilizing multimodal therapeutic techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy (CPT), interpersonal processing, mindfulness techniques, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). I have about 4000 hours of experience providing individual, group, family, and couples therapy to diverse groups and am particularly attuned to supporting multicultural couples, faith transitions, sexual concerns, and trauma. I am also experienced in supporting patients through anxiety, depression, interpersonal pattern challenges, substance use, eating disorders, family of origin concerns, and faith and sexuality concerns (LGBTQ+ and same-sex attracted affirming); and I coordinate care with other health professionals, religious leaders, and/or families when necessary to ensure you are receiving the most adequate, research-informed care possible.
In addition to receiving extensive training integrating spirituality into psychotherapy with students identifying with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I also completed a year of forensic psychotherapy and assessment at Buwalda Psychological Services, one year of sex offender therapy at Family Transitions, and I worked with people with serious mental illnesses and substance use challenges at Southwest Behavioral and Health Services for 3.5 years. I sincerely believe cultural humility is important to respecting every person’s unique cultural narrative and intergenerational traumatic experience, and I hope to serve you as you heal through your own life experiences and that of your ancestors.