Amanda Stradling holds a Master of Social Work from Boston College where she graduated with academic honors. She is currently a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of New York, working towards her clinical license. She and her family moved to Tokyo in 2019 from New York City (NYC), where Amanda worked as a Mental Health Consultant and School Social Worker for the NYC Department of Education.
In her role as a Mental Health Consultant specializing in early childhood, Amanda led citywide and small group training events for teachers and parents focusing on social, emotional and behavioral strategies. She advocated on behalf of vulnerable students for access to the educational, emotional, and behavioral supports necessary for success in school. Amanda worked one-on-one with teachers, families, and children to develop individualized strategies to support the social and emotional regulation of children who struggle with pre-diagnosed/diagnosed neurodevelopmental challenges (ADHD, ASD, anxiety, etc) or who have been victims of trauma.
Since moving to Tokyo, Amanda has worked with the Tokyo Association of International Preschools to develop and facilitate professional training workshops for teachers that focus on fostering self-regulation and autonomy in kids, having difficult conversations with adults, and practicing reflection and self-care as stress reduction strategies. She also continues to consult with families and teachers to develop differentiated strategies in the classrooms for individual students.
As a therapist at Tokyo Mental Health, Amanda Stradling works with adults, families, and youth experiencing a range of challenges including:
She uses a variety of therapeutic techniques including:
As a social worker, Amanda’s therapeutic approach focuses on the importance of human relationships and the dignity and self-worth of her clients. Using a strengths based approach, Amanda and her clients work together to develop new skills and strengthen their most meaningful relationships.