Amanda Hirsch Geffner, LCSW
E.M. Forster, the novelist’s phrase, “Only Connect” is a good place to begin. As psychotherapist, writer, human, I am committed to listening with compassion and to helping clients find within the courage to heal, to grow and to become more fully their true selves. I have practiced in a variety of settings and with all ages since 1994. A graduate of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (2001) I specialize in Grief and Trauma work, incorporating Mindfulness teachings and practices into my approach. I am also a certified practitioner of the trauma-healing modality, EMDR (2002).
I facilitate bereavement and caregiver support groups, as well as creative writing workshops geared towards self-expression, discovery and connection. In these creative groups, I draw upon my early training as a classical musician, graduate studies in foreign language and literature, and work as an editorial assistant at The New Yorker magazine, where a creative piece I wrote about volunteering at a synagogue-based homeless shelter in NYC was published as a “Comment,” as well as upon my experiences of writing about my work in Psychoanalytic Dialogues. (vol. 14 no. 1, 2004) and as a co-founding editor of Psychoanalytic Perspectives: A Journal of Innovation and Integration.
I am experienced in a range of clinical methods, including cognitive, somatic, relational, interpersonal, narrative and spiritual approaches. I offer friendly, non-judgmental guidance to those who wish to explore if a 12-step program might be helpful in overcoming compulsive behaviors, limiting fear-based beliefs, and old, outgrown habits, and I gladly serve as adjunct to those already involved in 12-step fellowships.
I believe that each of us has our own unique story, that as humans, we suffer and, as humans, we have great capacity for connection, resilience and joy. Thus, I value getting to know each person who seeks out my services and exploring together to create a unique and personalized process for healing, and discovery.
Heart-Mind, Body and Soul
Support for Bereavement
Mindfulness, Self-Care & Connection
Write Your Story
Explore and Discover
Heal from Trauma
EMDR and other Mind-Body Modalities
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracle
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1200 High Ridge Road
Sonder Centers, 2nd Floor
Stamford, Fairfield County 06905