My name is Amber Wakeman. I am a Staff Clinician at the USF Counseling Center. I am thrilled to be part of a great team and am passionate about helping others help themselves!
I am originally from Lakeland, Florida. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional. My professional experience includes providing counseling to individuals in the criminal justice system through Polk County Problem-Solving Courts, as well as providing assessment services and group counseling at the Rollins College Wellness Center.
I use an integrative approach to counseling that incorporates cognitive-behavioral and person-centered therapies. In other words, I strive to help clients gain awareness of how their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are connected. I encourage clients to recognize their strengths and identify ways to use those strengths to overcome various challenges. Using empathy, humor, and honesty, I aim to create a space where people feel understood and supported.
My personal interests include reading, social justice, traveling, baking, spending time with family and friends, and loving on my two fur babies.
Clinical Interests: Substance Abuse, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Stress Management, Eating Disorders, Self-Esteem, Dating and Relationships
Affiliations & Roles: American Mental Health Counselors Association, Member of the Committee on Diversity & Inclusion and the Brightside Crew at the Counseling Center