About

Amanda Vargo (she/her)

Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher

Coming from a divorced family, I found myself being drawn to the counseling profession so that I could help teens and young adults gain the tools to cope with change, stress and difficult emotions that I did not have growing up. While attending college at the University of Central Florida I worked as a domestic violence victim advocate. It was at that time I realized how truly passionate I was about empowering others especially those dealing with mental health concerns. I completed my graduate school internship and worked for several years at a school for adolescent girls who were struggling behaviorally and academically because of past trauma, abuse, or ongoing family conflict. Before creating Empowered Wellness, I worked in both residential and outpatient settings providing individual, family, and group counseling to children, teens, and adults.

I personally believe in the importance of engaging in self-care activities and enjoy yoga (of course!), hiking, kayaking and spending time with my adorable pups in my free time. My passion for empowering others far exceeds my career as I also volunteer my time as a lead facilitator for GIRLS Academy, a leadership retreat for middle-school aged girls and Behind Happy Faces, a mental health curriculum designed for college students to decrease stigma and increase awareness. 

Education
  • M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida
  • B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Florida
License & Certifications
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH #17458
  • 200- Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance
  • Certified Kids Yoga Teacher through Kidding Around Yoga