Hi, I'm Amanda Hilton — Welcome to The Simply Well
As a personal development educator, I help busy professionals take the guesswork out of personal growth so that they can prioritize inner + outer wellbeing in day-to-day life.
A little about how I got here...
I began my own wellness journey in 2013 after an intense confrontation with mental health that completely disrupted my life. Late nights of insomnia, early mornings of anxiety, and long days of restlessness left me feeling utterly disconnected from myself. As a result, life as I knew it completely changed— I left school and entered daily treatment to attend to my mental well-being.
Fortunately, I was blessed with an incredibly loving and dedicated support system, and was deeply privileged to have access to professional care. As a supplement to traditional psychotherapy, a variety of other lifestyle shifts and holistic practices were recommended to me. Over the course of the next few years, I tried acupuncture, Transcendental Meditation, energy healing, shadow work, nutritional changes, journalling, and even a handful of sensory deprivation treatments.
Over time, and with significant work, my mental state improved. And with it, my willingness and desire to engage with my own life increased. I felt better... but something within me still felt removed from my experiences: I was out of sync with my body and out of touch with who I was and what I wanted. It was from this place that Personal Development, which would later become a central tenant of The Simply Well’s mission, was born into my life.
To be clear, I didn’t find a one-size-fits-all solution to well-being, and "working on myself" didn't automatically resolve my listlessness. But, I did find that the small, positive, intentional things I did on a daily or weekly basis rippled outward into other areas of my life. Prior years of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy had taught me that I could work with my mind to create newer (more helpful!) thinking patterns, and I realized that I could also work with myself to strengthen my self awareness, establish habits to augment my subjective well-being, and design a network of goals to bring me closer to purpose and fulfillment.
I also shifted my lens outwards, and experienced a series of personal and professional changes. For example, it was around this time that I discovered plant-based philosophy, and adopted a vegan diet and lifestyle to dramatically lower my carbon footprint and remove myself from the cycle of injustice and harm occurring throughout the animal agriculture industry. I learned how to become a mindful consumer, and growth towards sustainability became part of my life. In addition, I was studying to become a teacher, and the time I spent integrating into the communities in which I was teaching reminded me of the importance of belonging— forming meaningful relationships and feeling like a valued member of a community. As a result, Community Care, which eventually grew into The Simply Well’s second core tenet, became an essential piece in the puzzle of my own well-being.
Since then, I have continued to explore wellness from a variety of experiential, academic, and professional angles— Becoming a certified yoga instructor and reiki practitioner, as well as completing my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University with a certification in Spirituality Mind-Body Studies. In 2019, I merged my interests in Personal Development and Community Care to form The Simply Well— all with the intention of helping other young professionals reap the incredible benefits of developing a wellness-based lifestyle that works for them. You can learn more about my qualifications + education below.
Qualifications + Education
I don’t take my role in supporting you on your own wellness journey lightly, which is why I’ve dedicated years of my life to understanding wellness from multiple angles. Here’s what that looks like:
➡ I’m a licensed teacher, meaning I have years of training in understanding both how people learn and how to design effective curriculum. The result is that all of my programs are based on a framework rooted in educational science, allowing you to understand and apply concepts in a way that feels natural.
➡ As a reiki practitioner and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), I have experience helping others integrate numerous aspects of the self — physical, mental, emotional, energetic, and spiritual. I also have ability to tap into what lies beneath the surface — so if you’re ready to dig a little deeper, that’s exactly what I’m here for.
➡ I hold Bachelor’s Degrees in Education and Psychology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and certification in Spirituality Mind-Body Studies from Columbia University. Needless to say, I’ve been studying how the brain works for years, so know I’ve got you covered when it comes to the hard facts and science about all things wellness.
➡ Additional Qualifications: Pathways to Empower™ Resilience Training Facilitator, Certified Children's Yoga Teacher, Wellness Workshop Facilitator (for additional information about the types of workshops and sessions I've facilitated for other organizations, check out my Programming Consultations page).