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Mrs  Amanda Dounis

Mrs Amanda Dounis

Mobile 0458 850 850
Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist

Positive Thinking Clinic

Mobile 0458 850 850

“Everybody is important; everybody deserves to live their best life. I am here to help you connect with yourself and others, to solve your requests as quickly and effectively as possible, in a way that is long lasting and sustainable”.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 1/7 Magdalene Terrace, Wolli Creek, Sydney NSW 2205 0458 850 850 PHONE 0458 850 850

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring, Workshops / Courses, Workplace Training, Professional Training, Educational Resources, Clinical Supervision, Phone Consultations, Skype 
  • Amanda Dounis is a Client /Solution Focused Strategic Psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Master NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, Professional Counsellor, Approved Supervisor and Early Childhood Proficient Teacher.

    Amanda has worked in the early childhood field for over 20 years.

    Amanda also volunteers to Lifeline Australia.

    If you are dealing with an addiction or compulsion, Amanda can help resolve the underlying dynamic so you can make a better choice in each moment.

    If you are stressed out or anxious, Amanda can integrate mindfulness and hypnotherapy, and provide you with tools.

    We all want to be our best selves at any given time. We are all resourceful individuals, and can work towards positive outcomes.

    Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Anger Related Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Behavioural Issues, Burnout, Childhood Issues, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Depression, Emotional Crisis, Family / Parenting, Grief / Bereavement, Life Transitions, Performance Anxiety, Phobias, Relationship Issues, Self Development, Social Skills, Stress Management, Suicidal Feelings  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    Emotionally Focused Therapy, Ericksonian, Hypnotherapy, Journal Therapy, Meditation, Mindfulness, NLP, Person Centred, Play Therapy, Solution Oriented

    Amanda integrates therapies and customises them to the needs of the client. Amanda aims to work with clients to create individual and sustainable solutions. Amanda’s interventions aim to address the relationship between the mind and body. She enjoys helping clients work towards a greater wellbeing.
    There are many areas that Amanda will be able to provide support. And if she cannot, she will make every effort to discuss with you the most appropriate professional /agency that she believes may be more suitable. Years of skill upgrading has allowed Amanda the expertise to be "creatively integrative". She has learned that each person is unique and thus there is no "one fits all" mode. Her approach is strengths based and powerful.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Bachelor of Counselling - 2016 - AIPC
    • Master NLP - 2018 - IAP
    • Bachelor of Teaching (0-5 years) - 2003 - CSU
    • Bachelor of Science (major in psychology) - 1996 - UNSW
    • Diploma Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy - 2017 - IAP

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Counselling Association
    • Australian Hypnotherapists Association

    Quality Provision

    SAFETY: Provide safe and high-quality psychological interventions.
    QUALITY: Deliver interventions and services consistent with repeatable outcomes.
    INNOVATION: Provide evidence-based friendly interventions
    PRODUCTIVITY: Promote re-engagement as valued members of the community
    PREVENTION: Support with person-centred psychological interventions
    ACCESS: Access to effective interventions and outcomes

    Background

    Amanda has worked in the early childhood field for over 20 yrs. She is a successful and award winning owner /operator of 4 early learning centres in the local area. She is also business finalist for the Positive Thinking Clinic.

    Amanda also volunteers her services to Lifeline Australia.

    Being a member of the Mental Health Academy (MHA), Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the Australian Hypnotherapy Association (AHA), and National Standards Education Authority (NESA), Amanda abides by relevant codes of conduct and ethical practice guidelines. Amanda is also a Supervisor with the Australian Counselling Association

    Amanda is passionate about healthy eating, physical exercise, and continuous professional academic development.

    Appointments

    Appointments necessary
    Monday to Sunday 9am - 9pm (subject to availability)
    Amanda understands that people work, or attend school, and therefore ensures afterhours and weekend availabilities exist. Flexibility is a must.

    Transport and Parking

    Close to train (Wolli Creek Station), bus, secure underground parking, and on-street parking.
    Positive Thinking Clinic is surrounded by residential towers with all the lower ground being populated by eateries, salons, beauty clinics, and more.

    Fees

    $190 per session (subject to change)
    packages available
    Kids workshops $30-$50 during school holiday periods (subject to change)
    Hypnoband 4 sessions $1,000
    Each month Amanda runs specials with promotional packages for certain sessions (promoted)

    Payment Options

    cash, credit card, electronic funds transfer, paypal

    Languages

  • English
  • Greek


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    10 Questions with Amanda Dounis

    • What led you to choose psychotherapy or counselling as a profession?

    • As a young girl still in high school I was always reading books surrounding mental wellness and anything motivational. As it turned out, as an adult all the education and training that I did surrounded helping individuals mentally and emotionally. It is what I can call; a life long passion, and my persistence for learning continues to grow.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • In the most recent of times I am continuously learning how to include mindfulness and self compassion into every session. I am a believer of the power of cognitive behaviour therapy as I see how powerful and relevant, and accessible it is for everyone. I really enjoy brief strategic psychotherapy as it complements the needs of people who wish for results to be fast and effective. Neurolinguistic programming is definitely becoming common amongst techniques which are powerful, immediate and effective. Though overall I have learned to respect most approaches and consider myself and integrative therapist. The truth is, we need to meet our clients to determine what style of influence they will benefit from too.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • The present moment. The entire journey of our life is important. We can't change our past, but let's see if we can change our relationship to it. If we are able to do this, then this may make our present day living, more relevant and important. We can learn to let go, and start growing our unique selves in the best mind nourishing way possible. And as for the future as our journey, the best we can do is plan for it. We can never predict it. So, being aware of our limitations and how we can progress our own health, we can live our best life, at any given time, with the resources we have available.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I have a very detailed client intake form, and I clarify what I believe is important. I do not drag people through their childhood unless there is a good reason to. I work on the problem or goal as it is relevant today. I employ methods that create change for the individual, as I have found "change" is what most look for. My sessions are creative. Being trained in so many areas, I communicate with each client to see what they like and dislike. I am full of resources for kids and teens. And for adults I often mix counselling, hypnotherapy, NLP to the liking of each client.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Immediately, although I always make it clear that "feeling" better is not the same as "doing" better. Quite often clients make the mistake of shortening suggested treatment plans because they feel better. Its important to attend, do extra tasking, and listen to audios if this is part of the plan.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Therapy has made me a better person because it has given me knowledge and understanding of our patterning and our programming. Being a therapist requires ongoing professional development. I take this seriously, and it keeps me up to date not only with industry standards, but with new developments too. My knowledge is always up to date, and ready for more learning.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Helping others. Helping kids, and adults. Seeing results. Having a unique and professional relationship with individuals who come to see me. And most of all...making a difference.
    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Let me just say this...."when I am with a client, or clients /groups /families, I am entirely WITH them for the duration of the session regardless of my h.a.i.r." I learned that I compartmentalise very well. So my sessions are sessions of dedication regardless of weather, hair, or whatever....
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Keeping within the field..."mental unwellness". I am seeing it from early ages, and we need to not just look at coping skills, but look at what it is in our environment that is feeding it so well.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • There is a song I remember from when I was young "if theres one thing in my life that's missing, its the time that I spend alone". I would love the words and the story to it. Yet today I see how people do not miss the time that they spend on their own. Loneliness sets in...yet our own company should be our best company. I know we are human and we seek for connection, but this is different from not standing the thought of being alone.
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    Mrs  Amanda Dounis

    Amanda Dounis

    Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist

    Amanda Dounis has a private practice at Wolli Creek. Amanda has had many years of professional and education development. This has contributed to her professionalism. Amanda see clients one on one, couples, or groups. Amanda holds various workshops mainly for school age children where they enjoy a fun and interactive experience whilst taking away valuable tools. Amanda is also a hypno-band practitioner, and has a variety of specialities....

    • Wolli Creek
    • Emotionally Focused Therapy, Ericksonian, Hypnotherapy, Journal Therapy, Meditation, Mindfulness, NLP, Person Centred, Play Therapy, Solution Oriented