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Amanda Dounis : Positive Thinking Clinic

1/7 Magdalene Tce
Wolli Creek NSW 2205

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Amanda Dounis : Positive Thinking Clinic

Amanda Dounis is a Client /Solution Focused Strategic Psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, Professional Counsellor, and Early Childhood Proficient Teacher.

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SPECIALTY AREAS

Following, are areas that Amanda Dounis at the Positive Thinking Clinic will be treating, via Counselling and Hypnotherapy:

    1. SKILL DEVELOPMENT
      FOCUS
      CONCENTRATION
      PERFORMANCE
      JOB SKILLS
      SELF-ESTEEM
      RELATIONSHIPS
      GRIEF AND LOSS

If you need to improve your focus, therapy can help channel your attention where it’s needed.  The body can do what the mind tells it to.  Actions are limited to what the mind believes in.  Amanda will be able to teach you to focus, set your goals and develop tools to access them.

It is not you or your lack of ability to perform or to study effectively, or that you just cannot do it.  It is a mindset, a belief and behavioural pattern that needs improvement.  Amanda can help develop strategies and direct focus of attention productively.

Sports performance.  Counselling and Hypnotherapy can help sports-people build powerful theories inside their minds.  By doing this you can easily develop a sense of achieving and this will help you react with the right thing at the right moment.

Amanda’s Therapy directs individuals to:

    • Become their own mentor;
    • Concentrate and focus;
    • Memorise what they need;
    • Develop strength from previous experiences.

Imagining yourself with winning success before an event or performance is important.  By doing this, you will work hard and be confident.  Keeping your schedule strict with daily training (and good food) and bringing the motivation from inside is what you need.

One more important thing is to believe in yourself.

You can get in the Zone without even knowing that you are there.  It’s just like something unnatural that brings in positive energy and makes you do things so perfectly without any special effort.  Anything you do in this state is unlikely to go wrong.

Amanda’s Therapy assists individuals to:

    • Clear their mind from irrelevant thoughts;
    • Gain access to the deep parts of their useful mind;
    • Make their mind calm and free from frustration;
    • Gain trust within themselves and direct all efforts into specific tasks;
    • Free themselves from the pressure of time, and enter a timeless state of mind;
    • Join themselves in the zone and stay focused with the feeling of achievement.

Improve Performance in sports using Mental Imagery Techniques.  Imagination, physical training, and good food, will help improve performance.

Hypnosis is a great tool for mental rehearsal:

    • You will quickly go into the relaxing and focused state.  This is the best stage where you will start learning;
    • You will learn how to learn from yourself and how to use the knowledge you have for benefiting yourself in the future;
    • You will start picturing the process as your brain will start connecting to even the tiniest aspect of the process;
    • This technique is going to trigger performance and quality;
    • Your physical training will start to combine with all the mental efforts and it will take performance to the next level.

The mind becomes open to suggestions during therapy, and thus it becomes easier to work on self-esteem and personality development.  This is a great opportunity to overcome personal fears, as positive thinking is embedded. 

When struggling with relationships, learn what you can control, and what you cannot control.  Learn limits and new ways of communicating, not just with others but with yourself too.  Work on a better “you”.  Therapy can also help you feel more secure in your current relationship.

Stop Seeking Approval.  Whilst it is important and very healthy to have good relationships and social networks in life, it is not important (or healthy) to care excessively about what others think about you.

Amanda’s Therapy aims to:

    • Create a renewed, positive sense of self;
    • Create less concern about the opinions of others, and the ability to choose which opinions to take on board (and which to not);
    • Promote living life by one’s own values (and no-one else’s);
    • Build on personal integrity.

As with any loss, losing a loved one, or a relationship break-up leads to grief and sadness.  But there comes a time when you need to get on with your life and move forward from the past.  This does not need to be accompanied by guilt.

Amanda’s therapy aims to assist individuals in:

    • Moving on;
    • Reducing bitter and painful memories;
    • Develop positive feelings towards the future.

It’s difficult to understand why people don’t leave an abusive relationship immediately (until you are in one yourself).  Abusive partners typically do not own up to their manipulative, controlling, bullying, and punishing behaviour.

Leaving an Abusive Relationship is difficult to do without help. There is hope.  If your partner has escalated to physical violence and you make excuses for it, then you must get out for your own safety.  Now is the time to create an escape plan, which should include getting your finances in order and finding a place to live.

Be sure to let other people know of your plans to leave, and have a few people close by to call on if needed. You should never try to leave when you are home alone with your abusive partner, otherwise make sure someone else is with you when you start removing your belongings.

Amanda’s Therapy aims to:

    • Improve self-esteem and develop courage;
    • Discover yourself (the true self with no abuse);
    • Remove your excuses for your partner’s abuse and acknowledge that you deserve better;
    • Begin to visualise a clear, practical plan for leaving and all the steps involved.  This includes a date;
    • Feel more optimistic about your future instead of just trying to survive each day.

Job skills.  Being a great Leader takes time and dedication. A confident leader has the ability and emotional capacity to lead a team.  They are not afraid of making mistakes or taking responsibility for the team’s shortfalls.  They are able to assign tasks and trust others to fulfil tasks.  They also understand the importance of team work, and rarely seek individual credit for work that has been collectively done.  Amanda’s techniques aim to work on inner confidence and sharpen leadership instincts.

There are some common fears when it comes to business networking.  Amanda works with individuals to:

    • Connect on a deeper level to what they do;
    • Create feelings of confidence, control and relaxation;
    • Enjoy attending business functions.

Confidence in the workplace is essential to working life.  When you are confident around your boss, you start to enjoy the work you do and develop a healthy sense of self-respect.  Confidence through Counselling and Hypnosis helps the mind to be at ease and secure, and develop mechanisms for Public Speaking.

Amanda’s therapeutic techniques assist individuals to:

    • Feel relaxed and confident;
    • Experience the energy between themselves and the audience;
    • Set aside their personal feelings during presentations;
    • Significantly improve the way they present themselves when giving talks or speeches;
    • Look forward to future speeches and presentations.




    1. SELF CONTROL
      BODY IMAGE / WEIGHT
      HEALTH
      ADDICTIONS

Weight-loss.  Accessing the unconscious mind and providing suggestions that are absorbed as new ‘strategies’ are used as a pathway to achieving and maintaining a more desirable figure.  Amanda’s Therapy will aim for individuals to:

    • Experience a less intense struggle;
    • Gain willpower and determination to make changes toward their desired weight;
    • Make lifestyle changes (as a whole) become long term views;
    • Make wise choices regarding food (and health in general);
    • Feel better, healthier, positive and confident.

Making lasting changes to your weight, does not rely entirely on finding the right weight loss program.  It has to do with lining up mental, emotional and psychological behaviour so that together, they keep you focused on goals, through a strong mindset.

Emotional eating does nothing to satisfy hunger, but provides temporary respite from painful emotions.  It is this pattern of emotional eating that leads to bad eating habits and subsequent weight-gain.  Typical triggers for emotional eating include guilt, low self-esteem, the feeling of repeated failure, loneliness, sadness, and frustration.

Amanda’s Therapy aims for positive changes:

    • To become more relaxed, with a clearer mind;
    • To keep emotional needs and physical needs separate, and to practice this until it becomes automatic;
    • To look for more creative ways to process and work through emotions;
    • To improve diet;
    • To feel more positive, more confident and more fulfilled in everyday life;
    • To understand behaviour and the underlying drivers, so that real needs can be met in a more constructive way;
    • To experience positive changes to your health and mental being that will create a more satisfying existence.

As mentioned, weight loss programs can be successful, when the appropriate mindset is developed.  Amanda will aim for her clients to develop the discipline and the appropriate mind-set to be successful.  Exploring and eliminating poor lifestyle habits, nutrition, exercise, health and medical issues, are all important when using a holistic approach to better health.

Sugar (e.g., chocolate) can be considered an obsession.  When the urge for sugar emerges, it can become the most important thing at that given moment.  The impact of high sugar consumption on health and happiness is high.  It is not a cycle that is easy to break.

Amanda’s Therapy aims to provide individuals with:

    • Calmness that is no longer plagued with worries about sugar and weight;
    • Determination to meet weight goals;
    • Strategies to control what is consumed;
    • Greater willpower in resisting sweet treats;
    • A palate that lends itself to healthier food choices;
    • A more efficient metabolism that is restored to its natural equilibrium;

Bad habits are difficult to break because they are associated with thoughts and emotions at a very unconscious level.  Counselling and Hypnotherapy is an extremely effective way to re-program the mind to replace bad habits with good ones.  At a very unconscious level where automatic thought patterns are developed, small adjustments can be made and new behaviours established – so that you start to react in a way that’s healthier and more rewarding.

Smoking is often used as a coping mechanism.  Some form of low level stress or agitation is the most common driver.  If you quit without dealing with the stress you are more likely to return to smoking one day, or turn to something else (e.g., sugar) to alleviate the agitation.  Counselling and Hypnotherapy deals with whatever sits with the smoking "rituals" and offers you something to replace them with.

The same is true for other addictive behaviours. Binge drinking, marijuana, amphetamines, and other addictive substances /behaviours can all be dealt with once drivers are identified.  All that’s needed is a commitment.

As a victim of gambling addiction, your life is not your own. Important aspects of life – relationships, family, health, well-being and financial security, suddenly become secondary to the driving force that controls the gambling habit.

Gambling addiction not only drains away money, in a very deceiving manner, it drains away the real you. When in a state of gambling ‘trance’, the gambler becomes helpless in stopping.  The spiral of destruction, deceit and spending continues.

Counselling and Hypnotherapy sessions will help free you from your gambling addiction so that you can take back control of your life, re-build relationships, and get your finances and your life back on track.

Alcohol abuse causes physical problems and a negative effect on relationships, finances and work performance. Under the influence of alcohol addiction, the individual can be tricked into believing alcohol is the key to stop anxiety, have better sleep, and achieve relaxation – when in fact its effects are the total reverse of this.

The only way to effectively overcome alcohol addiction is to develop a change in mindset towards alcohol.  Simply trying to resist it will, in most cases, is not successful. Those who are able to easily turn down the temptation of alcohol have altered their relationships with alcohol, so that it does not control their thinking any longer.

Withdrawal from any addiction is never pleasant.  Therapy aims to dramatically improve withdrawal experience, so that you can be more positive during this time, and of course more relieved from the anxieties about the future.

Thought patterns such as “it’s only once” and “it won’t do any harm” are negative.

The only effective way of repeatedly overcoming negative thoughts, is by dismissing them as nothing more than unhelpful thoughts.  Faced with situations where there are external pressures to drink alcohol and internal voices telling you there is no harm in one drink, a preventive strategy is required.

Amanda’s Therapy aims to:

    • Reconnect with the ability to have fun without the help of alcohol or other chemical substances;
    • Increase ease and relaxation in social situations;
    • Decrease obsession with being ‘denied’ a drink of alcohol;
    • Refocus on the important aspects of social gatherings;
    • Promote a more enjoyable, enriched and fulfilled life.

Compulsive shoppers purchase much more than they need, spend more than they can afford, and spend money to make them feel better.  They feel good for a short time, but then feel bad later on, they own a variety of items that are left in the bottom drawer, and have spiralling debt problems (but keep shopping anyway).  They also usually feel depressed after a large spending spree.

Like all addictions, shopping is filling some sort of void.  It is replacing what is missing, with something else that offers relief from sadness, even if this is only temporary.  Amanda’s Therapy explores and deals with all of these issues.

    1. COPING
      STRESS
      ANXIETY
      PANIC
      DEPRESSION
      PHOBIAS
      SLEEP DISORDERS

When the body is tired from working hard, it can rejuvenate with sleep and rest.  But the mind is more complex than this.  To get rid of mental stress, you must be able to lower the mind’s activities.  This can be achieved through effective therapy.

Stress is a significant factor in illness, chronic pain, poor decision making, relationship breakdowns and even early deaths.  You can be taught better ways to cope with pressure and reduce stress.  Stress is not something that will fully go away, however it can be managed.  Stress management Counselling and Hypnotherapy offers a range of tools and techniques to help come to terms with the stressors in your life. This includes distinguishing between stress that cannot be controlled, and the stress that is generated through your own behaviour (and thus can be controlled.)  Amanda’s Therapeutic techniques teach individuals how to relax in times of stress, for the present, and for the future.

Living with constant fear becomes emotionally draining, debilitating and very often leads to depression.  Those that suffer from generalised anxiety have been known to compare the condition to being in a constant state of preparing to escape, similar to the feeling of being under attack by something or someone.

Amanda’s Therapy aims to assist individuals to;

    • Feel more relaxed;
    • Experience a calmness both in the mind and body;
    • Adopt a new perspective;
    • Deal with situations with greater ease and less stress;
    • Have the ability to put worries and concerns aside;
    • Prevent worries from surfacing when unnecessary.

Anxiety, panic and phobia-related problems are caused by thoughts that persons are not able to control.  It is easier to overcome phobias when the mind is relaxed because the initial reaction of panic is set aside for a more rational way of responding to stimuli.  Hence a benefit of hypnosis.

Anxiety stops you wanting to perform, or socialise, or enter relationships.  For many, alcohol or drugs are the only real answer they have come up with, because they have not found a way to relax or escape.  Some people have anxiety around particular situations like public speaking, management meetings, or social events. This almost falls into the "phobic" category of anxiety.  Others have a more generalised anxiety where the world in general no longer seems safe.

Potential failure, rejection and a hypersensitivity regarding the opinions of others can contribute to anxiety.  “Over-analysis" and excessive "thinking" is one of the main problems.  Therapy aims to teach the difference between useful analysis and debilitating over-analyses.  Anxiety is an extremely common condition.  It can be quite debilitating, seriously affecting your life, both personally and professionally, (even if it doesn't extend into full blown panic attacks).

Anxiety is basically a form of fear.  It can be caused by past experiences or limited ability in dealing with unknowns.  Counselling and Hypnotherapy may be an effective treatment in helping individuals relax and not get overwhelmed by situations that do not present any real danger.

Panic attacks are very scary.  People often sweat, shake and have trouble breathing. They may also have a rapid heartbeat or feel weak or dizzy.  Many people think that they’re dying.  Panic attacks are caused by a high release of stress and anxiety hormones, cortisol and adrenaline.  Sometimes panic occurs over things that haven’t happened. Worrying about the future can trick the brain into thinking there is current and immediate danger. This can cause a panic attack.

The best remedy for panic attacks is learning how to relax.  Counselling and Hypnotherapy is an easy way to promote ease, confidence and control.  Hypnosis can help re-train the brain to trust that you are safe and in control.

Amanda’s Therapy aims for individuals to:

    • Become more realistic and sensible in reacting to scenarios;
    • Be more prepared to ‘go with the flow’ and see what actually happens;
    • Enjoy positive thinking and imagining positive outcomes;
    • Learn how to take measured risks when they are not certain of the outcome;
    • Believe that they can handle anything that comes their way.

Depression.  Antidepressants can be an effective way of "taking the edge off" depressive episodes, but they do not address the real issues.

If you have had life changing situations, grief, confidence issues, a strong leaning towards internally focusing, a tendency for going over the past, or have become isolated, your risk for depression increases.  Depression is very difficult to live with.  Effective diagnosis, attention and treatment is important in order to alleviate the symptoms and help the individual get back on track.

A phobia is defined as an irrational fear.  The most common ones we deal with are fear of flying, heights, spiders, snakes, various other animals, and social phobias.  Symptoms of fear include sweaty palms, increased heartbeat, anxiety during turbulence or any sudden noise or movement.

All phobias are rooted in a fear-based anxiety that can be dealt with easily, with some simple techniques.  Some examples include (but are not limited to):

    • Fear of Driving.  Therapy will re-educate the unconscious mind to see driving as a normal, everyday activity rather than a dangerous threat.  It will help retrain the mind to relax when at the wheel while remaining focused.




    • Fear of failure.  This may be the result of many past experiences or childhood situations; a drive for perfection set in the early years by parents, a discomfort with uncertainty, the need to look good around others, or perhaps rivalry between siblings.




    • Fear of flying.  This is an unconscious response. The reaction to flying is not something conscious.  It’s also not rational.  The way that fear grips you is beyond your control.  Therapy is helpful in dealing with this fear.

Sleep is important, and when sleep is disturbed for whatever reason, we may become irritated, our functioning may be impaired, and the rest of our body and mind may begin to suffer.  Therapy can assist with sleep disorders.

Insomnia Counselling and hypnotherapy deals directly with the heart of the problem that causes insomnia in the first place; inability to relax.

Unfortunately, sleep is something that cannot be forced.  We can create the ideal circumstances for it, but it has to happen on its own accord.  ‘Waiting for sleep’ becomes contaminated with anxiety and lack of relaxation.

Everybody wakes up during the night for a short period.  It is also very common, but most of the time we are not conscious that we have woken up, so we quickly fall back asleep after only a few seconds. This is a very natural part of everybody’s sleep cycle. For insomniacs however, it is very common to feel far too alert during the ‘awake’ spells.

Worrying is a very common cause of not being able to fall back to asleep.  When we worry, the body releases a stimulant of stress hormones, and this stimulant works very hard to ensure that you cannot relax to the point of falling asleep.

    1. CRITICAL PERIODS
      MENTAL HEALTH
      SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

Suicidal thoughts and ideations are very serious.  Lifeline 13 11 14 is Australia’s national telephone crisis support centre.  Counselling and Hypnosis may be used to treat compulsive thoughts and ideations of suicide.  Person’s diagnosed with a mental illness should be treated by appropriate professionals and follow their treatment plan as recommended.  They should be supervised by their doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist or other mental health professional.  Counselling and /or Hypnotherapy may be useful as complimentary treatments and to assist with cognitive and behavioural distortions /management. 

Amanda works for Lifeline Australia and is also trained in suicide prevention.

Early childhood, primary school, teenage, and adolescent years can be rather complex and difficult to deal with.  Friendship issues, academic stress, bullying, identity issues, family issues, academic pressures, conflict, culture and diversity issues, stress, anxiety, substance abuse, and many more, may contribute to critical moments.  Safety and rights are the ultimate priority.  Keeping children and young persons safe and protecting their rights is priority.  For the success of assessment and treatment, it is important the individual wants to participate in therapy.  Techniques such as sand play and creative play activities may be used for younger children.  Other techniques revolve around inclusion, stimulation, guidance, behaviour management and cognition reframing.  Some older children may also benefit by allowing them to speak with the therapist privately.

Amanda is a Proficient  Early Childhood Teacher with Counselling Majors in Parenting, Children and Adolescents.  She is Mental Health First Aid Trained for this age group, and has a current Working With Children Check Clearance.

    1. COLLABORATING WITH OTHER PROFESSIONALS
      COMPLIMENT MEDICAL PROCEDURES
      PREPARING FOR PROCEDURES
      RECOVERING FROM PROCEDURES

Most medical treatment effects are maximised with the help of therapy (e.g., Hypnotherapy).  In this situation, patients are relaxed and are in a condition where they will be able to follow instructions told by the doctors. 

Clients may be seeing other professionals who may recommend Counselling or Hypnosis to complement their treatment plan.  In this case, client consent ensures honest and open communication, and exchange of information to ensure therapy is delivered to the best complement of the client’s needs in respect of outcomes realistically desired.

Panic is also reduced in serious cases such as accidents and serious medical conditions.  Other medical conditions such as bulimia, migraine, and impotency can be treated by self-hypnosis.

Counselling and Hypnosis can significantly reduce the "suffering" component of pain, even when there has been a significant trauma to the body, like operations or accidents.

You can experience less pain and greater mobility.  Sometimes you will need to let go of the anger, sadness, or sense of injustice, that keeps the "suffering" alive before you can feel at ease again.

Perhaps individuals prefer to receive therapy in order to help them prepare (and best cope /deal) with an upcoming operation.  Skills to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation may be necessary to deliver during therapy.  Similarly, visualising a pain free and speedy recovery (accompanied by Doctor’s /Surgeon’s instructions) may aid healing, and place clients in a healthier state of mind.


SERVICES FOR TREATMENT

Just about any area which is treatable by conventional methods can be complimented through the use of Psychotherapy, Hypnosis and Counselling.  Anyone suffering from emotional and /or physical dis - ease may benefit.  The clients will and determination to get better is a great determinant of the success of treatment.  The Positive Thinking Clinic focuses on modern indirective and solution oriented Ericksonian Hypnosis.

Consider the following explanation of why hypnosis may be beneficial:

Our conscious mind makes decisions and judgements with an extremely limited point of view.  This means there are limits, resistance, barriers, obstacles and more.  No wonder people feel stuck and cannot move forward.  No wonder people learn habits that stop them from living an authentic life.

The other part of the mind, the unconscious part is responsible for determining most of what a person does.  It also lacks the power to reason (it does not know the difference between reality and fantasy).  It processes products of our imagination as reality.  This is where the power of suggestion can benefit the client.  Repeatedly making a purposeful suggestion, long enough, will be accepted by the unconscious mind as true.

Some areas that are usually considered for Therapy include:

    • Anxiety
    • Performance Anxiety
    • Sports Performance
    • Public Speaking & Stage Fright
    • Depression
    • Stress
    • Fertility, Conception, Pregnancy & Birthing
    • Post Natal Depression
    • Calm Births
    • Preparation for Medical Procedures
    • Workplace Stress
    • Smoking
    • Confidence and Self Esteem
    • Assertiveness
    • Phobias and other Fears
    • Weight Loss /Control /Overeating
    • Resentment
    • Stuttering
    • Warts and Worry
    • Burns
    • Dentistry
    • Guilt
    • Obsessive Compulsive Behaviour
    • Insomnia and Sleep Difficulties
    • Habit Change
    • Intrusive Thoughts
    • Motivation and Inspiration
    • Goal Setting
    • Sexual Topics
    • Sexual Dysfunction
    • Creativity
    • Anger
    • Asthma
    • Blushing
    • Breathing Disorders
    • Studying and Leaning Difficulties
    • Life Mastery
    • Headaches
    • Hostility
    • Mood Swings
    • Memory and Concentration
    • Teenage Issues
    • Gambling Addiction
    • Technology Addiction
    • Regression /Past Life: Releasing the Past
    • Social Phobias
    • Medical Hypnosis
    • Time Management
    • Procrastination
    • Drugs or Binge Drinking
    • Pain Control & Pain Management
    • Grief
    • General Addictions; chocolate, sugar, shopping
    • Trauma /Post Traumatic Stress
    • Bed Wetting /Toileting
    • Nail Biting /Thumb Sucking
    • Teeth Grinding
    • Cancer Relief
    • Family Break-ups /Relationships
    • Imaginary Friends
    • Psoriasis, Eczema & Skin Conditions
      And more…Even some forms of schizophrenia and multiple personality (DID) have been treated with hypnotherapy.

Not every Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist or Counsellor covers each and every area above, this is just a list of what issues may be covered.  Specific issues must be discussed with the therapist to ensure expertise and appropriateness of therapy delivered.  In some cases, referrals are the best option.

Amanda Dounis uses hypnosis to assist the client into a relaxed mental, physical and emotional state.  During hypnosis, the busy, critical, analytical, conscious mind can rest.  Whilst resting, the unconscious mind is then attended to, and positive changes are made via interrupting thought patterns, habits or the effects of traumatic incidents which may be mentally or physically impacting the client in a negative way.

The process is as follows;

    • Slow deep breathing, followed by progressive relaxation.
    • Then imagery via guided visualisation, to access the relevant part of the unconscious mind.
    • “Work” is done here, and lots of strategic suggestions are made.
    • Lastly, a post-hypnotic suggestion is anchored.
    • You may see this a normal, natural, healthy state of the mind.  

It brings out the best in you by leaving behind any patterns /habits you no longer need or want.  You will become a stronger and happier person, uncovering your powerful positive qualities that you may never have even noticed.

Hypnosis creates a sense of mental, emotional and physical relaxation, similar to the feeling we experience just before we wake from sleep, or just as we drift off to sleep.  It may even feel like daydreaming for some.


PROVIDING THERAPY AT THE POSITIVE THINKING CLINIC

COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

Amanda Dounis is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist.  She uses a professional and interpersonal relationship with her clients, in order to develop an understanding about them to help make changes in their lives.

There are many different styles of treatment.  During initial consultation, Amanda will decide what is suitable for the client. 

Therapy is usually offered face to face but can also be available by email, telephone, or video conferencing.

Amanda generally focuses on specific problems or life changes.

Amanda prefers to use brief therapy as it is strategic, exploratory, and solution based rather than problem oriented. It does not look for meaning into the past (so it doesn't explore WHY).  This therapy assumes the client will change with insight.  Amanda looks for patterns and processes in the “now” (and asks “HOW”) and shows the client where different choices can be made so that they can change.  She focuses on the client’s current experience holistically (not just their internal state and thinking, but their external interactions with other people and the world around them).  Sharing elements of CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) by looking for ‘triggers’ of thoughts and behaviours, she seeks to challenge and disrupt the client’s usual patterns.

Counselling and Psychotherapy is helpful in treating any crisis situation, management of stress, grief and trauma, relationship or family problems and any emotional or psychological problems.

Therapy sessions may be for an individual, couple, group, family, or as needed.

Consultations are confidential, professional and may take up to an hour or more in duration.  Times and amount of sessions will be discussed with clients.

Following are some tools that the Bachelor of Counselling has equipped Amanda Dounis with:

    • Cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge;
    • Cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas;
    • Cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence;
    • Communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas;
    • Initiative and judgement in planning, problem-solving and decision making in professional practice;
    • The ability to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts;
    • Responsibility and accountability for their own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others, within broad parameters.

The Bachelor of Counselling provides a comprehensive grounding in counselling frameworks and skills, ethical practice and cultural diversity.

The Bachelor of Counselling provides training with a strong focus on contemporary techniques, counselling and psychology theory, research and practice.

THERE ARE A VARIETY OF APPROACHES TO PSYCHOTHERAPY AMANDA WILL USE INTEGRATIVE METHOD STYLES TO SUIT THE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS OF EACH CLIENT

Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic therapy focuses on changing problem behaviours, feelings, and thoughts by discovering their unconscious meanings and motivations. Strategic psychotherapy also looks at the unconscious but looks at how to instead of why.

Behaviour Therapy


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