Amanda Richards

Creativity – Engaging in creative activities, each and every day, is gratifying.  Gardening, photography, dog-training, music or exercise:  I am always seeking new combinations, perspectives and experiences. 

Curiosity – Questioning, Reading, Engaging with Research to figure out what’s working well and what needs improving.  All. The. Time. 

Courage – Change requires courage.  When one changes how one thinks, breathes, moves, views and hears the world then one is changed.  And, when one person is changed, the world is transformed. 


Counseling and Music Therapy:  Amanda has worked with infants, children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in:  Schools, Nursing Homes, Hospitals, Residential and Outpatient Treatment and Community Mental Health Settings whose challenges included:  Substance Use Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Sexual Compulsivity, Learning Disabilities, Trauma, Parent-Child Communication, Sexuality and Gender Identity. 

Clinical Supervisor: Undergraduate and Graduate Students in counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, psychology, co-occurring disorders, and alcohol and drug counseling. 


Southern Methodist University – Bachelor of Music, Music Therapy
University of Minnesota – Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling Education
University of Minnesota – Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, Counseling & Student Personnel Psychology
University of Minnesota – additional coursework in Family Social Science, specifically, Marriage & Family Therapy

Licenses & Certifications

Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and TherapyLicensed Professional Clinical Counselor (2010 - present) 
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy – Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (2002 - present)
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy – Approved Supervisor for Alcohol and Drug Counselors; Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors
NAADAC, The Association for Addiction ProfessionalsMaster Addiction Counselor (2016 – present)
Certification Board for Music Therapists:  Music Therapist – Board Certified (1986 – 2016)

Amanda Richards, MA, LPCC, LADC