Amanda Jacques - Handel Behavioral Health
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Counselors & Appointments

Amanda Jacques, MEd, LMHC

For Telehealth/Online & Amherst & West Springfield & Wilbraham Appointments

(413) 722-5573 View Availability Join Virtual Waiting Room

Counseling Style

Connection is key to a great outcome within therapy. Amanda establishes a relationship and a bond with each person and family through trust, empathy and understanding. Her therapy style is flexible enough to fit each person individually and to help them develop to the best of their abilities.

Amanda uses play and talk therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is her primary modality but she also like to incorporate play, art and mindfulness therapies into her work. She believes everyone is an individual with things that are uniquely them and those things should be the focus to help each individual shine to their very brightest potential.


Amanda graduated from Springfield college with a Masters in education and has been a licensed mental health counselor for 17 yrs. She has been working with Kids and families throughout her career, including very young children starting at the age of 3 to transitioning from young adulthood to adults. She has worked in many different settings including schools, inpatient, group homes, early intervention, and outpatient offices. Amanda’s specialties are working with children and teens with transitioning and behavioral concerns as well as those who are on the spectrum.


  • Anxiety/Panic/Phobias
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger's Counseling
  • Depression
  • Self-Injurious Behaviors/Self-harm
  • Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD/ADD)
  • Divorce/Custody Disputes
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Conduct Disorders
  • PTSD/Acute Stress
  • Academic/Occupational/Work Issues/Career
  • Trauma
  • Agency Involvement (DCF, DYS, DMH, DDS)

Clinical Modalities + Treatments

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
  • Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic/ Psychoanalysis
  • Play Therapy

Therapeutic bond is utmost important. When a connection is felt and trust is established possibilities are endless.

Authored Articles & Interviews

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Therapist in Western MA: Amanda Jacques

June 29, 2022

How to Help Your Loved One Who Self-Harms

March 23, 2023