ABOUT

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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.

Background: 

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.) 

Approach: 

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. 

More: 

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: amanda@amandavmft.com 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. 

 

Background:

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.

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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. 

 

Background:

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.

 
 

VIDEOS

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