Amanda Kearns, MSW Intern
Amanda is originally from Northern Michigan and graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in History and a Master’s in Critical Theory from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR in 2014. She has spent the last decade as Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault victim advocate, holding various leadership roles in Michigan and Oregon. She decided to pursue a Master’s in Social work based on her personal experience as a chronically ill patient and the unique need for mental health care after a serious health diagnosis. She is passionate about working with the LGBTQIA+ community and providing trauma informed services to all of her clients. She is particularly interested in working with adults who are seeking to overcome childhood trauma. She is particularly interested in acquiring skills in in bottom up interventions, such as yoga, brain spotting, and EMDR.
Amanda enjoys spending time with her family. In the summer she loves to beach hop in Northern Michigan with her dog (a Pomeranian/Dachshund mix) and stop at local farm stands for locally grown fruit and veggies! She serves as the Campus Outreach Chair for the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work Queer Advocacy Coalition and likes to stay active with her peers by engaging in plenty of campus activities. She finds relaxation in caring for about 50 houseplants indoors, during the winter months and container gardening outside, in the summer months!