About Amanda Dounis.

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

Amanda has worked in the early childhood field for over 20 years in Australia.  She is a successful and award winning owner /operator of 4 early learning centres in the St George area.

For several years now, 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 passionate about healthy eating, physical exercise, and continuous professional academic development.

Amanda’s philosophy is simple:
“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”.

Her approach is unique.  She integrates therapies and customises them to suit the needs of the client.  She aims to work with clients to co-create individually tailored and sustainable solutions.  Amanda’s interventions aim to address the important relationship between the mind and body.  She enjoys helping clients attain a greater wellbeing.

With hypnotherapy and counselling support, you can make healthier choices in any area of your life.

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 so that you can manage everyday.

If you are struggling with learning difficulties, exam /performance anxiety or assignment procrastination, Amanda’s experience of her own academics has provided her with knowledge on performance, motivation, organisation, and ultimately her own successful outcome.  Amanda has achieved a proficient list of qualifications and an exhaustive list of professional development evident of her academic commitment over the years.

There are many areas that Amanda will be able to provide you with support and a positive outlook.  And if she cannot, she will make every effort to discuss with you the most appropriate professional /agency that she sees fit for your needs. 

Following are some principles Amanda abides by:

  • SAFETY: To provide safe and high-quality psychological interventions.
  • QUALITY: To deliver interventions and services that are consistent with repeatable and evaluative outcomes.
  • INNOVATION: To provide evidence-based psychological interventions.
  • PRODUCTIVITY: To promote re-engagement as valued members of the community.
  • PREVENTION: To provide support with person-centred psychological interventions reducing the burden on clients and their community.
  • ACCESS: To provide access to effective interventions, experience and outcomes, regardless of background or location of clients.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: To be registered nationally and have a system for complaints.
  • PERSON-CENTRED: To include and discuss treatment options with clients.

The following concepts of recovery are important goals that Amanda Dounis aims to work towards with her clients:

  • Finding and maintaining hope:
    • Believing in oneself;
    • Having a sense of personal agency;
    • Being optimistic about the future;
  • Re-establishment of positive identity:
    • Incorporating mental health issues or mental illness, but retaining a positive sense of self;
  • Building a meaningful life:
    • Making sense of illness or emotional distress;
    • Finding a meaning in life beyond illness;
    • Engaging in life;
  • Taking responsibility and control:
    • Feeling in control of illness and distress, and in control of life.
Amanda Dounis looks forward to making a difference in people’s lives.