Amanda F Jennings, LMFT
4045 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Accepted Insurance:Cigna, Out of Network, Will bill PPO
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I've been offering video telehealth sessions. In-person session are still an option too. Call or text for more details.
I’ve been treating Eating Disorders since 2005 when I was asked to facilitate an ANAD group – this was a free weekly drop in support group for people suffering from all types of Eating Disorders. It was a rewarding experience to bring together people of various ages and sizes, with different stories for the purpose of healing their relationships with food, and body.
This experience informed my decision to devote much of my career to the treatment and study of eating disorders and related issues. The stresses that precede the development of an eating disorder are varied, yet similar. It is my job to help each individual take the journey through their own experience and feelings to come to root causes and assist them to heal those emotional wounds that began and sustained their battle with food, weight and negative body image.
Bachelor Degree in Mathematics Education, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks
EMDR Institute – Trained in EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a proven method of healing complex trauma.
During treatment, I use a client centered approach which is based on “no shame, no blame” – learning how to change the negative self-talk and focus on compassion for yourself rather than the fear and self-doubt that come with an eating disorder.
My work is currently in private outpatient practice in Westlake Village, CA.
In addition to treating Eating Disorders, I specialize in the treatment of individuals struggling with addiction and alcoholism who are moving into recovery and want to get to the root of their desire to use. I also treat family members who have been affected by a close relationship with a person who has, or is suffering from an Eating Disorder or an Addiction. Living with these sometimes crippling disorders can be stressful in ways that change and damage lives.
Before becoming a therapist I was a computer programmer, systems analyst and account manager at major banks, insurance companies and telecommunication companies. Although I enjoyed this work in corporate culture, I felt the need to make more of a difference in the world.
This career change was partly due to my own struggle with food and weight, and seeing alcoholism and eating disorders strike members of my family. My recovery felt miraculous, and I wanted to assist others in their journey of recovery.
I am currently serving on the Board of Valley Federation of Eating Disorder Professionals and maintain memberships in CAMFT and AAMFT.