Amanda (she/her) is the Crisis Navigator at Commons, where she will be helping clients with a variety of practical, non-legal related needs. This will be achieved through holistic assessments and creating personalized client plans, connecting clients to specialist care, providing emotional support and advocacy, and conducting ongoing community outreach.
Amanda holds dual citizenship from the USA and UK, with a Masters in Clinical Social Work degree from Smith College. She has worked in a variety of settings, including HIV medical casework, community mental health, LGBTQ anti-violence support and advocacy, substance misuse treatment, trauma counselling and crisis support for incarcerated clients. During her time in London, Amanda has worked for Galop as a sexual violence advisor and as a senior caseworker at St. Giles Trust, supporting people with complex needs into work and education opportunities. She is currently studying Integrative counselling and coaching part- time alongside her work at Commons.
Amanda believes that clients should always be at the centre of the care they receive, as they are the experts in understanding their own lives. She utilizes an anti-racism and anti-oppression framework, as well as harm reduction and trauma-informed approaches when supporting clients. She is passionate about addressing systemic barriers that are impacting clients’ abilities to build meaningful lives, and strives to work collaboratively with clients, communities and organisations to best improve social impact for all.