Clinical Psychologist BBehavSc (Hons), GradCertLGTC, MPsych (Clin)
Amanda practices at our Glenelg location offering both business and after-hours appointments for your convenience.
Amanda is a Clinical psychologist who enjoys seeing adults on an individual basis for therapy. Although her focus in private practice is individual therapy for clients over the age of 17, she believes that creating a safe and effective process for therapy requires looking broadly at all of the possible contributing factors that might be keeping you stuck, including the contribution of personal and work relationships, both past and present.
Amanda has a rich, relevant employment history prior to commencing work as a psychologist, which has included work in both police and military settings ; experience that allows her to appreciate some of the specific workplace challenges that you may encounter in various roles. This particular past work experience, combined with her post graduate research in the area of trauma and clinical experience as a psychologist, allows her to work skillfully and sensitively with clients experiencing the varying effects of trauma. She has a special interest in assisting individuals to do the often-challenging work of processing traumatic experiences to help them find relief from related distress and dysfunction that often accompanies exposure to these events.
Amanda also has an interest and experience in treating a wide range of other issues including depression, stress, procrastination and perfectionism, anxiety, confidence and self worth, self harm and suicidal thinking, grief and loss and personality disorders. As a therapist passionate about achieving tangible outcomes, she is always committed to building on and adapting her skills through ongoing professional development to accommodate an even wider range of concerns and to tailor her approach to your needs.
Amanda ensures that her therapeutic approach is in line with best practice as indicated by research outcomes and she delivers therapy in a warm, empathetic, honest, and pragmatic manner. She will endeavor to tailor each session to your immediate needs while considering beneficial strategies for longer term change.
Amanda currently consults Mondays (including evening appointments), Tuesdays and Fridays and is planning to include Saturday appointments in the future. She also offers early morning appointments for your convenience.Contact Us 08 8361 7008
Areas of Experience
- Adjustment difficulties
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Anger issues
- Assertiveness issues
- Attachment issues
- Bipolar Disorder
- Communication issues
- Confidence issues
- Coping with chronic illness
- Dealign with conflict
- Delusions and psychosis
- emotional dysregulation
- End of life issues
- Grief and loss
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Personality Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other traumatic reactions
- Self esteem issues
- Separation/Divorce difficulties
- Social anxiety/Social skill deficits
- Self harming behaviour
- Suicidal thinking
- Workplace issues
Qualifications and Professional Membership
- Master of Psychology (Clinical), Flinders University
- Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling, Flinders University
- Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours), Flinders University
- Clinical Psychologist, Psychology Board of Australia
- Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologist
- Registered Provider with Medicare
In addition to her own previous experience as a police officer and soldier, Amanda has undertaken research investigating the relationship between traumatic events and moral injury (distress resulting from actions by self/others which are against one’s moral code), so she understands how related mechanisms may work to impair mental health. She also has a broad range of experience in mental health that has included working with people with cancer at the end of their life, rehabilitation and support roles in community mental health and forensic settings, clinical assessments for PTSD in a research context, in addition to private practice. This varied experience has ultimately led Amanda back to her passion for providing therapy in a private practice setting.
Amanda’s Therapeutic Approach
Amanda primarily uses a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approach and incorporates elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness practices. She also delivers Prolonged Exposure Therapy, which is usually very effective in helping clients work through traumatic memories in a safe environment so that re-experiencing of the event/s becomes less distressing and/or dysfunctional.
Amanda’s thorough approach to exploring issues reflects her commitment to striving for change and to evidence based practice. Amanda’s natural warmth, genuine manner and compassion is balanced with the ability to challenge you respectfully, always with the goal of achieving the short and long term outcomes you desire.