Prairie Woods Mental Health was founded by Amanda Buckner. Amanda is a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker (LMSW) and is currently pursuing her Clinical license in Social Work. She has over ten years of experience working with children and families. Amanda was born and raised in Hutchinson and graduated from Hutchinson High School. She graduated from Hutchinson Community College with an Associate of Science Degree. She received her Undergraduate Degree in Social Work from Wichita State University, and graduated from Newman University (Wichita, KS) in 2009 with a Graduate Degree in Social Work. In 2012 Amanda graduated from Mid America Nazarene University (Olathe, KS) with a certificate in Play Therapy, and is currently a registered play therapist.
Amanda’s most recent experience includes working within the child welfare field where she worked with children and families, foster families, kinship families, and adoptive families. This experience included providing assistance in maintaining placement stability, assisting families with finding community resources, and making referrals for services while leading families to reunification. During this time she provided services to children and adults with depression, anxiety, self harming behaviors, and provided parenting skills. Her previous experience includes working at The Mental Health Association in Wichita where she provided direct care for children with SED (Severe Emotional Disturbance) services. She also worked at the Department of Children and Families in Wichita, and has over six years experience working with developmentally disabled adults.
In 2014 Amanda started her private practice at Complete Circle Counseling and Coaching Center in Hutchinson. Amanda practices different types of therapy including; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychoanalytic Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and different Play Therapy techniques. She has also received advanced training and education on trauma, and has experience working with traumatized children. She specializes in working with children utilizing play therapy techniques. Amanda is passionate about mental health and helping children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families succeed in reaching their personal goals.
Amanda opened a second location in Arlington in 2016 in an effort to expand her practice to the communities of rural Reno County.