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Amanda Essinger, IMFT/LPC
AAMFT-Approved Supervisor Candidate 

My name is Amanda Essinger and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. I work for Family Connection 2, LLC under Dr. Katafiasz. I specialize in working with families and couples as well as individuals, adolescents, and children. I enjoy practicing therapy that encourages strengthening relationships, communication, and esteem. I have experience working with couple/family/parent-child issues, inattention, depression, and anxiety. My specialty areas include animal assisted psychotherapy and eco-therapy. I'm currently under supervision to be a Registered Play Therapist and am in EMDR training.

Therapy Services

In addition to individual, family, and couple therapy, services include:

  • Play Therapy

  • Animal Assisted Psychotherapy/Play Therapy 

  • EMDR

  • Prepare/Enrich 

 Professional Specialties:

  • Certificate of Education in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy with Experiential Learning (CAAPII)

    • Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado ​

  • Animal Assisted Play Therapy Level 1

    • The International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy​

  • Certified Facilitator of Mindfulness-Based Ecotherapy 

  • Completion of Ecoplay Facilitator Training

    • Mindful Ecotherapy Center  

Current Clinical Supervision

  • Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Licensed Professional Counseling

  • Registered Play Therapist

  • Animal Assisted Play Therapy


If you would like to schedule an appointment, please click the contact tab on the top of the page.

Amanda Essinger, MFT, LPC

License #: F.2200264
​                  C.1700688


Formal Education:

The University of Akron—MA in Marriage and Family Therapy/Professional Counseling —August 2017


If you would like to schedule with Amanda, please call 234-738-2506 or email

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