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Amanda Villaveces, LMFT

Director, Mental Health Lou


I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in Louisville, KY in private practice and online via telehealth.


In 2012 I received my MS in Marriage, Family and Community Counseling at CSU Sacramento. Prior to that I attended the University of Arizona, where I earned a Bachelor's in Psychology and Art History.

Before moving to Louisville, I lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area teaching and counseling. During this time I had the opportunity to work with a diverse community and learn about a wide range of life experiences. Learning about other's experiences is one of my favorite things about being a therapist, and not to sound cheesy, but it's always an honor to go on this journey with you!

In 2015 I relocated to Louisville and began practicing at Northstar Counseling Center, before moving out on my own. In 2020 I started a side project called Mental Health Lou that serves as a community mental wellness hub (more on that here.) 


In practice I take a creative and holistic approach to each client. From my work I have learned that often our mental health symptoms  manifest both mentally and physically. In treatment I will explore how your daily habits, past experiences, sleep, nutrition and exercise factor in to your mental health. By taking this thorough approach I have seen my clients make fast and sustaining changes in their lives.

Insurance and Payment:

I accept: Humana, Aetna, Anthem and United plans as well as HSA/FSA cards. Private pay sliding scale options are also available $80-120 per hour. 

*GOOD FAITH ESTIMATES available prior to services. 


I have had success working with many different types of clients and work hard to create a therapeutic environment where you feel welcomed and heard. Clients have described me as compassionate, insightful and engaging. I also self describe as a gregarious introvert is who is often nerdy and sarcastic (but only when appropriate).

Appointment information: or 502-806-8816

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Ellie Stigger,

CFT Graduate Intern

University of Louisville

I am an intern currently in my last year of working towards my M.S. in Couple and Family therapy through University of Louisville Kent school of Social Work. 



In May of 2021, I graduated with my B.A. in Psychology at Transylvania University with a focus on the nature of mind and behavior. While going through this program, I really found my passion for helping others and learning about the diversity of the human experience. I revel in empowering others and helping them achieve a healthier state of mind. 


Throughout my undergraduate experience, I volunteered at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, and worked with children in K-8th grade. This program provides youth with a safe space to learn and grow using character building skills, arts, sports, and leadership. This experience really sparked my interest in working with children and play therapy. 


I also worked alongside Black Student Alliance (BSA) throughout my 4 years. This organization advocates for Black/African American students and is an ally to all underrepresented voices on Transy’s campus. BSA strives to eliminate social barriers while promoting opportunities to create change in the community. 

I am so excited to join with my clients and how their emotions, and behaviors can drive growth and inspire change. I really want to put a focus on empathy and compassion for my clients.



Below you'll find videos from myself and my colleagues on various mental health topics! Feel free to browse and learn! 

Mental Health Louisville

Mental Health Louisville

Mental Health Louisville
Support Mental Health Lou!

Support Mental Health Lou!

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How does anti-trans legislation impact the mental health of trans-youth?

How does anti-trans legislation impact the mental health of trans-youth?

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Mindfest 2022

Mindfest 2022

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