Amanda Fialk, PhD, LCSW, LICSW is the Partner and Chief of Clinical Services at The Dorm, a young adult treatment community based in New York City, New York and Washington, D.C.
Amanda is dedicated to offering the best possible holistic treatment to adolescents, young adults and their families as they cope with personal and clinical challenges that hinder their ability to achieve independence in life.
For over a decade, Amanda has committed herself to supporting the clients she sees with progressive, evidence-based therapies that treat clinical diagnoses but also the person as a whole. She has specialized training in dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), addiction and co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, family therapy, motivational interviewing and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) - for clients who have experienced trauma and are coping with PTSD. She was instrumental in building the integrated care model for clients at The Dorm by offering services that include skill-building, health and wellness and academic and vocational support.
At the heart of Amanda’s philosophy to treatment, recovery and wellness, is the belief that “community is strength”. This is why Amanda has built a clinical program at The Dorm that emphasizes a supportive environment and community; both in the treatment space and beyond it, be that a community of friends and classmates, caregivers and/or family.
Prior to joining The Dorm in 2011, Amanda was the program director for New York Center For Living and the Flatbush Addiction Treatment Center. She received her Masters and Doctorate in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Her dissertation focused on the clinical implication of countertransference implications of being a “wounded healer”. She has also completed psychoanalytic training at The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York City. Amanda is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the New York Academy of Medicine and works as an adjunct professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work.
Growing up, Amanda was a competitive figure skater and is proud to have been a United States Figure Skating Association Gold Medalist. Her love of sports and fitness extends to hockey (she is a passionate New York Rangers fan!) and CrossFit.