Amanda Comage-Trower

Amanda Comage-Trower

Founder & CEO


Mental Heart Therapeutic Play

Queen Creek, AZ USA


It doesn’t mean that you’re failing just because you’re taking a smaller step than somebody else. Just keep going.

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Amanda Comage-Trower

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
I was raised in Ipswich, England, and was able to travel around the world because my father and my ex-husband were both in the military.
I knew early on that I wanted to work with children—I started working in early childhood spaces at 16 years old.
As I learned about the different areas within the early childhood field, I wanted to gain experience in all of them—I worked in marketing, at a child crisis center, and for Child Protective Services.
My husband and I moved to Indiana, where I discovered my passion for children’s therapy.
I completed the education necessary to work in child therapy, including a human services and family studies degree from Rio Salado College and a certification from the Institute of Child Psychology.
When we moved back to Arizona, I had trouble finding a clinic that was a great fit for me, so I decided to start my own company.
In 2020, I started Mental Heart, a holistic children's therapeutic play practice that provides very specialized and personalized therapeutic services to children.
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Education

High School
Associate's Degree
Human Services and Family Studies
Rio Salado College
Certification/License
Therapeutic Play
Institute of Child Psychology

Career

Founder & CEO

I help children learn to manage big and small emotions through therapeutic play.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Entrepreneurship
Helping People

Day to Day

I only see ten clients a year and I see them for about 30-45 minutes per day. When a child comes in for their appointment, we start with a feelings check-in. I let the child take the lead depending on what feelings we're exploring that day. I don't do talk therapy, I do play therapy. The child will play and we'll explore emotions through that. Then the parent(s) can come in and see their child play. While the child plays, I point out different cues and words that parents should pay attention to.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

I recommend volunteering in a field you think you're interested in. There are so many different specialties within the therapy and counseling field. Volunteering is a great way to explore the different areas and figure out which one is the best fit for you.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

"We can't give you a chance. You don't have management experience. You're not ready for this."

Challenges I Overcame

Gender Discrimination