Amanda G. Somdal is a licensed clinical social worker and the director of My Choice Counseling Services. She provides mental health therapy to individuals, couples and families and facilitates a deaf batterers’ intervention program. She has worked at Valley Trauma Center, DC Rape Crisis Center, DeafREACH, Family Circle, Samadana and Saint John’s Health Center, Deaf Program. Her passion is working with a wide range of people from different backgrounds. She has worked with people on making choices in how to manage their lives for over 20 years. Amanda has volunteered to teach American Sign Language (ASL) to classes in elementary and high schools, church groups, as well as families of deaf children. Amanda loves giving workshops and trainings on a wide range of topics from mental health issues, sexual assault, and domestic violence to deaf culture and mental health interpreting.
Amanda served on several boards and currently is on the Association of Batterers’ Intervention Programs Board and served as Chair for the Advocacy Council for Abused Deaf Children for three years.
Amanda graduated from California State University, Northridge with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Human Sexuality and from Gallaudet University with a M.S.W. in Social Work and M.S. in Administration and Supervision. She’s a mother of two rambunctious boys – they certainly keep her on her toes – and has an awesome, supportive husband.
Healthy Minds Consulting is pleased to collaborate with Amanda and My Choice Counseling Services to provide ASL classes for families of children with special needs and specialized consultation for families with deaf or hard of hearing children.