Amanda Connerton, PsyD
Therapist and Psychological Testing Examiner
Meet Dr. Connerton
I provide online therapy to adults located in Rhode Island and in-person, comprehensive psychological testing for individuals ages 7 and older. My therapy areas of interest include self-esteem, college student mental health, athletes, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and working with LGBTQIA+ identified individuals. I conceptualize from a psychodynamic-interpersonal framework, but I implement strategies from various other frameworks including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
My testing specialties include ADHD, adults with autism, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and trauma.
I earned my PsyD in clinical psychology from William James College (formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology). My predoctoral internship involved training in both therapy and testing. I provided therapy to college students at Clark University and conducted psychological evaluations for individuals across the lifespan at The Dr. Leon O. Brenner Center for Psychological Assessment and Consultation. I went on to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at Gershon Psychological Associates where I conducted individual therapy and psychological evaluations to individuals across the lifespan.
My Approach & Philosophy
My approach to psychological assessment is thorough, detail-oriented, and collaborative. While the evaluation process can be intimidating, you can expect me to be warm, personable, and attentive.
As a therapist, I believe it is essential to create a therapeutic environment that centers around trust, warmth, support, and growth potential. I practice from a holistic perspective and work with all parts of my clients, their relationships, and early experiences.
I find that therapy is not “one-size-fits-all”, so I tailor my interventions and approaches to the specific needs of each client. I seek to help my clients better understand their current difficulties by processing and exploring past behaviors and experiences. I believe that understanding our past behavior is an essential key in modifying current behavior. During this process, I provide my clients with support, encouragement, and the practical tools they need to reach their goals. I understand that the process of therapy can be challenging. I also view it as providing an opportunity to improve self-esteem and embrace a growth mindset. My hope is for my clients to develop self-confidence and step into authenticity.
I consider myself to be a collaborative therapist and I often find that I learn just as much from my clients as they may learn from me. I value and appreciate the therapeutic relationship and it is an honor to be alongside my clients’ healing journeys. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.