How Parents Emotions Affect Their Children and What to Do About It - Dr. Amanda Darnley

Dr. Amanda Darnley
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
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Dr. Amanda (Banes) Darnley (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a licensed clinical psychologist with over a decade of experience working with children, adolescents and parents in a variety of settings including inpatient hospitals, residential treatment facilities, and outpatient practices. She has a soft spot for ‘tweens, teens and new mothers, and is dedicated to helping them navigate the challenges that mark those transitional life stages. Her warmth and gentle humor naturally create a nurturing space where her clients feel safe and supported.

Dr. Darnley wholeheartedly believes that it takes a village to raise a child, and feels that parents deserve that same level of community and care. She recognizes the need for support at all stages of parenthood, especially the postpartum period, where a mother’s health is of the utmost importance. She creatively tailors evidence-based interventions to meet the needs of the clients in her care and considers helpful therapy to be one that simultaneously promotes acceptance and change. 

Dr. Darnley received her BA with Honors from La Salle University. She completed her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Adelphi University and went on to become a licensed practitioner in the state of New York, where she developed and ran an outpatient program for adolescents struggling with addiction. Philadelphia soon beckoned again, and she returned to La Salle University to earn her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Darnley received intensive training in evidence-based practices, specifically Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She completed both her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship serving youth and families that have been significantly impacted by trauma, and now owns a private practice in Philadelphia, PA.

In her free time, you can find Dr. Darnley enjoying the riverfront with her husband and son, or revving up her power tools to bring new life to old pieces of furniture.

Check out her website: for more information about her practice, as well as mental health resources for kids and parents. You can find her on Instagram @hey.dr.d for daily tips, humor, and motivation. 

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