How These Therapists Are Meeting the Needs of The Deaf Community
I spent the first 5 years of my professional career as a Special Education teacher in New York City (hometown... shout out to Brooklyn). In those five years, it became clear to me that my students with special needs had specific needs that required special training. When I transitioned to counseling, many of my former students remained in my heart because my new training confirmed that their emotional needs were equally (if not more) important to the academic ones. Becoming a counselor confirmed that our emotional state impacts how we exist in this world, and effects how we reach out optimal performance in life.
When I came across Megan and Amanda from National Deaf Therapy, it was as if my life had come full circle! They provide therapy to the deaf community. There wasn't a time in my counseling program where we spoke about meeting the needs of people with special needs, so with this platform, I want to ensure that all communities are presented equally!
They are doing awesome work, and I can't wait to share this with you.
Meet Amanda and Megan from National Deaf Therapy:
Megan is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy (specialized in PTSD recovery).
Megan Erasmus is a Licensed Mental Health Therapist (LMHC). She is certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy, with a specialization in PTSD recovery.
Megan is passionate about applying social justice work in her counseling sessions by using cross-cultural therapy. She upholds a safe environment and brave space for vulnerability to occur. In addition, she utilizes evidence-based strategies to help clients build the specific skills and resilience necessary to overcome their personal challenges.
Megan is licensed to practice in Washington State.
Amanda Sortwell Crane is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and National Certified Counselor (NCC). Her practice specializations are Trauma studies and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Amanda’s therapy approaches are strengths-based and person-centered. In therapy, she utilizes CBT to help change negative self-image and thinking and offers a process for grief, anxiety, depression, and trauma. With over five years of experience working with clients of all ages, Amanda has developed expertise in treating issues related to anxiety, suicidal thoughts, depression, trauma, and self-esteem.
Amanda is licensed to practice in Colorado, Washington State, Oregon and Ohio.
Tell us about your supervision experience. What was it like?
In our niche, it is very difficult to find a supervisor who is an approved supervisor and culturally Deaf as well. Since we work directly with Deaf and hard of hearing clients, the feedback from the approved supervisors needs to be linguistically and culturally aware of the Deaf clients’ well being.
What is your idea of an ideal supervision experience?
The ideal supervision experience would be able to be supervised by a licensed Deaf therapist. I would encourage the clinician to learn sign language and take courses on Deaf Culture if they plan to work directly or indirectly with the Deaf and hard of hearing clients.
Tell us about your special projects, private practice, and how you are impacting the field:
NDT is a web-based Mental Health Service for the Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard-of-Hearing community. NDT incorporates community-based approaches in our platform to provide healing spaces for the Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard-of-Hearing members of the community.
We offer individual, group therapy, support circle, education and community training. Independent contractors who are Deaf & licensed mental health professionals to work with NDT and we are currently and actively open to hiring independent contractors to join our team.
Our services are web-based. Everything is 100% online. NDT uses HIPAA compliant web-based platform that is also very user-friendly and compatible; giving Deaf community members and clients easy access to resources and services anytime, anywhere. We also offer school training, support circle (facilitated by community-members a.k.a. authentic instructors), and community training based on community's needs and current conversations.
Give one tip for supervisees or anyone who’s just starting in the field?
Be authentic as possible and know your scope of practice about being able to consult specific group of clients and community members that needs linguistic and cultural awareness.
Tell us a resource that has helped you the most as a clinician?
Learning and practicing boundaries from the book called “The Therapist’s Workbook” by Jefferey A. Kottler.
What's one thing you wish you knew about the field before becoming a clinician?
On being newly emerged deaf female entrepreneurs, we wish we were guided and shared on the resources of what and how does one owning a group practice looks like.
What’s a personal habit that helped you maintain balance?
Clocking out at the time when you are supposed to at the end of the day!
Name a book that everyone should read?
“Coping With Trauma-Related Dissociation” by Suzette Boon, Kathy Steele, & Onno Van Der Hart
Want to learn more about National Deaf Therapy? Find their links below... Tell them I sent you!
Amanda K. Sortwell Crane, MS, LPC, LMHC & Megan Erasmus, MA, LMHC
Mental Health Clinician & Co-Founders of National Deaf Therapy
Convo Phone Number: 720/642.6880
NDT Fax Number: 720/306.3526
National Deaf Therapy, an online mental health group practice for the Deaf and hard of hearing. Therapy by secure video platform. Flexible appointments. Convenient. Confidential.
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