Amanda Wilhite, LCPC - Illinois Therapist at Grow Therapy

Amanda Wilhite

Amanda Wilhite


10 years of experience

As an avid runner, I believe there is a strong connection between the mind and body and I try to incorporate a holistic approach in therapy. Whether it is offering nutritional suggestions on foods that help alleviate depressive symptoms, or helping you identify a form of exercise that helps you alleviate your stress and anxiety, I look at you as a ‘whole person’ rather than a collection of symptoms. Often described as patient and calm, I utilize these traits to create a safe space for you to explore your difficulties and find solutions. Practicing from a solution-focused perspective I believe that even the smallest changes are a step in the right direction. I'll work alongside you as a guide and focus on your strengths to help you build upon what is already working. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

The first session is typically an intake or 'getting to know you session.' My hope for the first session is that you feel heard and validated (I hope you feel this during other sessions too, but especially the first). As we continue with therapy, I utilize scaling questions to assess how you are feeling, as well as to see if we are getting closer to your goals. We also focus on 'exceptions' or times when the problem wasn't as bad and work to create more of those times.

What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?

As mentioned above, I practice from a Solution-focused and strength-based approach. I want to help you identify what is already working for you and create more of it. I also teach a variety of mindfulness skills to help you manage frustrating and stressful situations. I also provide other resources as necessary.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

One of my main strengths is that I value the client-therapist relationship and I try to focus on forming good, working relationships with my clients. I do this by being as genuine and focused as I can be during our sessions.

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