Amanda Sweet, Psy.D.
Florida Licensed Clinical Psychologist #PY10061
Peace River Psychology Center | Punta Gorda
About Dr. Sweet
Dr. Sweet is a New York State and Florida licensed clinical psychologist and a nationally certified school psychologist. She provides psychological evaluations and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults, parenting consultation, and educational consultation and assessment for children and college students. She specializes in working with children and adults with special needs and learning disabilities, including developmental trauma and complex behavioral disorders.
Dr. Sweet has both school and clinical experience with young children (infant, toddler, preschool age), emotionally and behaviorally challenged children and adolescents, psychological trauma and grief, active duty Soldiers and Veterans, and the dually diagnosed population (comorbid mental health diagnosis and intellectual/developmental disabilities).
Dr. Sweet has pursued post-doctoral training in trauma-informed practice and connecting neuroscience to psychological interventions. Dr. Sweet is trained in evidence-based trauma therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Dr. Sweet received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Potsdam in 2005. She attended Alfred University for her graduate studies to obtain credentials as both a school and clinical psychologist. Dr. Sweet completed her Master’s degree in 2007 and her Psy.D. in 2013. Dr. Sweet has worked in preschools, private practice, a residential treatment center for adolescents, residential homes for persons with developmental disabilities, hospital settings, and in a PTSD-focused partial hospitalization program for active-duty soldiers.
Dr. Sweet has extensive experience providing assessment, psychotherapy, and educational consultation for children and adolescents. Dr. Sweet’s training as a school psychologist has given her a unique clinical perspective and she is passionate about providing insight and recommendations for academic interventions for children and adolescents coping with learning difficulties. Dr. Sweet’s therapy techniques with children include a mix of cognitive-behavioral therapy, the developmental approach, creative and play-based interventions, and integrating sensory interventions for coping with the social-emotional effects of grief, trauma, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Sweet has experience consulting with school systems, special education professionals, pediatricians, occupational therapists, and children served by the foster care and Child Protective Services systems.
Dr. Sweet is also passionate about working with adults that are working to heal from psychological trauma. She has experience working with childhood-based trauma, combat-related trauma, traumatic grief, sexual assault survivors, and persons coping with terminal illness. Dr. Sweet’s therapy techniques with adults include a mix of cognitive-behavioral therapy, the developmental approach, person-centered approaches, and evidence-based trauma therapies. Dr. Sweet is passionate about providing empathetic support and compassion to her clients as they work hard to travel on their own journey toward self-discovery and healing.
Dr. Sweet also finds passion in working with parents and caregivers to learn attachment-based parenting techniques to provide children with a nurturing and cognitively stimulating environment. She can provide parenting consultation sessions to provide education and intervention recommendations for parents and caregivers who would benefit from guidance in parenting children with special needs and complex trauma histories.