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Ms Amanda Jones

Ms Amanda Jones

Psychotherapist, Psychologist

Authentic Psychology

I believe that therapy is a process of self-discovery and having a safe, non-judgemental, respectful and empathic space is essential for this process to be successful. Feeling heard and understood and having time to develop your own strengths will help you find a way of being that brings greater contentment and confidence.

PHONEPRACTICE LOCATIONS

  • 4/155 Denman Avenue, Carringbah, Sydney NSW 2229 (02) 9531 1513 PHONE (02) 9531 1513

Services

  • Counselling, Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Coaching / Mentoring 
  • Areas of Special Interest

  • Adolescent Issues, Anxiety / Panic Attacks, Assertiveness, Childhood Issues, Depression, Divorce / Separation, Family / Parenting, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Grief / Bereavement, Relationship Issues, Sexual Abuse, Spirituality / Religion, Stress Management, Trauma Recovery, Violence, Workplace Issues  
  • MODALITIES / Approach

    ACT, CBT, DBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Inner Child, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic

    Fundamental to my approach is a strong belief that people need to be heard, respected and understood. I use various therapies as I find that different people require different approaches. Therefore I will work with you to tailor an approach that works best for you.

    ACCREDITATIONS

    • Bachelor Science (Honours Psychology) - 2013 - Sydney University
    • Graduate Diploma Psychology - 2012 - Sydney Univeristy
    • Graduate Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy - 2009 - Jansen Newman
    • Bachelor of Business - 2000 - Newcastle University

    Professional Associations

    • Australian Psychological Society
    • The International Society for the Study of Dissociation

    Quality Provision

    I am a full member of the Australian Psychological Society. As a psychologist, I am required to undertake professional development and training every year and engage in regular supervision.

    Background

    I currently work privately in my own practice. Previously I worked as a psychologist and psychotherapist at various not-for-profit organisations such as Sydney Women's Counselling Centre, Wesley Mission, and as a support facilitator at the Blue Knot Foundation (formerly Adult Survivors of Child Abuse). Prior to entering the counselling profession I worked in large Corporations and therefore have a solid understanding of work stresses. Becoming a psychologist and psychotherapist at a mature age, has given me the ability and maturity to hear with empathy and without judgement.

    Appointments

    Carringbah
    8am to 7pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat)

    Campsie
    10am to 7pm (Thursday)

    Transport and Parking

    Both practices are within 2 minutes walking distance from train stations.
    Street parking is avaiable at both sites

    Fees

    Sessions - $150 (approx. 50 mins)
    Reduced rates can be negotiated for those experiencing financial hardship
    Medicare & health fund rebates available where eligible

    Payment Options

    Eftpos or cash
    Medicare rebates and most health fund claims can be processed at the end of the session



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    10 Questions with Amanda Jones

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

    • I wanted to study psychology when I finished school but for various reasons I was unable to. After working for many years in small businesses and large corporations, I decided to revisit my interest in psychology. I have always been interested in people, their lives, struggles and often extraordinary resilience. No matter what my professional role, I have always found myself encouraging others to reach their potential, to fulfill their dreams and passions, and overcome self-limiting beliefs often developed during their childhood or as young adults. Being a psychologist and psychotherapist is a result of my own journey to self-belief and self-fulfillment.
    • Which philosophical approaches have influenced your professional/personal development?

    • The humanistic approach developed by Carl Rogers has probably had the greatest influence. To treat another and be treated with respect and unconditional positive regard is the foundation of healthy relationships. And to live with authenticity is incredibly freeing - to know that I don't have to be perfect or exceptional, but in fact can be very ordinary and yet I am still of great worth.
    • Which particular aspects of health or the human journey are you interested in?

    • Finding out who you are, being content with who you are, achieving your dreams and goals. Learning the skills needed to build and be in healthy relationships with other people. Overcoming self-limiting beliefs and learning to manage, and if necessary, to live with physical and mental health challenges.
    • What method/s do you use?

    • I use a mixture of different therapies depending on the issue and what works. The therapies include cognitive behaviour (CBT), acceptance commitment (ACT), interpersonal (IPT), dialectical behaviour (DBT) and psychodynamic therapies. I find there are a lot of common elements between all therapies. They all develop your self-insight and self-reflective capacity and challenge the way you think and the beliefs you hold about yourself, others and the world. They also encourage you to take risks by changing behaviours that are not helpful and confronting untested fears. ACT encourages you to develop ideas about who you are and what's important to you while DBT teaches you skills to manage your emotions and tolerate distress, and IPT focusses on developing interpersonal skills.
    • When do you think the client will start to feel that progress is being made?

    • Usually when their insight into their difficulties increases and they begin to realise their experience is shared by others.
    • How has therapy made you a better person?

    • Therapy helped me navigate various difficulties I have experienced during my life. It helped me gain a great deal of insight into myself and those around me. As a consequence I am more accepting of myself and have less expectations of who I should be and I am more accepting of others. However, I am also far more aware of the dynamics of unhealthy relationships and as a result I am better able to avoid them or reduce their impact on me.
    • What do you like most about being a therapist?

    • Helping people free themselves of self-limiting beliefs and/or toxic relationships and seeing them grow in confidence, self-belief and develop healthy and rewarding relationships.


    • Do you ever have 'bad hair' days?

    • Yes!
    • What do you think is the most significant problem we face, in the world today?

    • Buying into the expectations of who we think or others think we should be.
    • Can you share the name of a book, film, song, event or work of art that inspires you?

    • George Owell's Nineteen Eighty-Four had a significant impact on my life. I read it in my late teens and realised just how easy it is for people in positions of power or influence to control others using misinformation and fear. It led me to understand how important it is to trust your own perception of your experience and the world, and to listen to people of integrity and wisdom who genuinely have your best interests at heart.
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    Ms Amanda Jones

    Amanda Jones

    Psychotherapist, Psychologist

    I work with clients of all ages. I particularly enjoy helping people develop skills that enable them to overcome relationship difficulties and engage in healthy relationships. My training and experience in domestic/family violence has led me to believe that unhealthy relationships, at home, school or work, that are characterised by emotional abuse, have far reaching effects on a person's psychological well-being. ...

    • Carringbah
    • ACT, CBT, DBT, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Inner Child, Interpersonal, Marriage and Family, Mindfulness, Person Centred, Psychodynamic