What a great month for June:


Below are a list of promotions specially selected for May.  

If anything interests you please book in early, and feel free to pass this information on to anyone who may be interested.  Remember we are all here to do the best we can and be the best versions of ourselves.  Good luck.

So far the promotional packages have served to be rather interring and inviting for individuals and small groups.  I am also flexible to meet individual needs.  If you would like to make suggestions or changes, you are welcome to let me know.


4 Sessions

A new you starts here with the Hypno-Band Weight Loss System.  It is revolutionary and new for those who have a high Body Mass Index.  


As a licensed practitioner I can help you lose that excess weight and keep it off.  

It is important that you are in good health (I will need to conduct a health assessment on you during the initial consultation) and you must be totally committed.  It is also recommended that the participant has a BMI of 30 or more.

Participating in this hypnoband program and being totally committed can change your life.  

The program is as follows:

Initial consultation: Education and Assessment

Session 1: Behaviour Change

Session 2: Pre-op

Session 3: “Hypno” Surgery

Session 4: Adjustment or reinforcement

Over the 4 sessions I will take you through a process of having a gastric band fitted, but only in your mind.

By using suggestion and visualisation your mind will be convinced that your stomach has become smaller and that you need less food. 

I use hypnotherapy, neurolinguistic programming, cognitive behaviour techniques (and some other smart tools), but it is the commitment of the client which determines the ultimate success.

Please feel free to contact me for any more information or to make an appointment to come and see me.       

I have noticed that many people try all sorts of diets and weight loss techniques.  I believe that anything works, but for how long?  Why is it that most people put their weight back on.  Why is there an end date to a “diet”?  It is true to say that most of us definitely know how to overeat?  Do we eat mindlessly?  So we eat when we are already full?

Now imagine the freedom to enjoy life while still eating smaller portions.  

Do you think you will enjoy life less if you eat less?

Perhaps there is some changing that needs to take place in the way you think and in your habits.

If you think hypnoband is right for you, then please feel free to contact me.

I aim for success.  I offer support between sessions and offer extra sessions of psychoeducation or focused visualisations free of charge.  Why?  Because I want my clients to succeed at their weight loss goal.  People who participate in hypnobanding do so at a committed expense.  Let this be your last expense to weightless once and for all.

As support free of charge, I offer:

Audio support between sessions

Audio books to listen to (containing NLP techniques and visualisation)

Audio books to listen to for psycho education

Books for borrowing

Guided visualisations for anxiety release, identifying and transforming habits, 

Menu planning and recipes

Self hypnosis using closed fist technique,

And more

I truly enjoy making such a difference to peoples lives.

Imagine being 10, 20 or even 30 kg less in the near future.  Visualise this moment of achievement and do something about it today.

My hypnoband package is as follows:

Initial consultation $180

Sessions 1-4            $1000. ($250 per session)

Extra support sessions anywhere between 1 – 5 sessions as needed FREE OF CHARGE

Let this be your last investment in losing weight once and for all.  

Its up to you

Im here to help

Good Luck with your decision 

Amanda Dounis

Hypnoband Practitioner



1 Session skill development for kids, teens and adults

Small groups or individuals welcome




Easy to use tools to manage anger & other upsetting feelings

Activities assist in controlling frustration. 

1 hour small group sessions

$25 per participant

Participants will learn:

  • Simple skills to successfully manager anger
  • Tools to calm in emotionally tense moments
  • Strategies to overcome anxiety
  • To use anger in a healthy way
  • Steps to create positive changes

Amanda Dounis


1 Session: walk out feeling relaxed and replenished

No secret ingredients: just using your own inner resources.  Lets call it unleashing your inner wisdom…


Single session or group session for teens

When our teens find it difficult to “talk”; this session is designed for this reason.  Our teens seem to lose their voice at some stage, and this session helps them feel safe to speak.  Sometimes its the inclusion and the respect in silence that helps them feel like they belong.  There is no pressure in this session.  I am experienced enough and skilled enough to allow each individual to benefit in one way or another.


At the Positive Thinking Clinic I endeavour to give teenagers and young adults an opportunity for a voice.

I use selected topics for one : one, or small group experiences.

A common complaint is that adults do not listen to young persons.  And by this, I don’t mean passive hearing, but active listening.  The same holds for understanding too.

We need to listen to our youths respectfully as they are the experts in their own lives.  

In addition, youths overlook and ignore their successes.  We need to make a difference and notice their successes.  We need to listen to the language they use, and the values underlying the statements they use.  Doing this allows for an opportunity of reflection.

By being curious we can encourage conversations with young people that allow them to reflect and articulate.  These conversations assist young persons to built their life story, connect with significant people in their lives, and notice feelings and emotions that come with it.

Interactions that young people have, may have a life-long impact on their experiences and development, as they progress through to adulthood.  Adults who connect with young persons have a wonderful opportunity to influence that young persons life.  We indeed have a role in enabling young people to experience success.

In my interactions with individual clients or groups, or in workshops, I like to use conversations that revolve around:


E.g. What would you like to do more of?


E.g. What do you think is the best thing about being your gender?


E.g. Do you prefer to have lots of friends, or a few close friends?


E.g. Which do you prefer? Blending in, or standing out?


E.g. How do you cope with things that fall apart?


E.g. Do you or your family have special celebrations or traditions?

The purpose of such “deep speaking” is to encourage open and honest sharing.  

Respectful listening, a respect for confidentiality, and other agreed rules are also important to establish from the start.

Sometimes we realise that more than simply speaking, we can write creatively and thus “journal”.

Journaling is a powerful and reflective tool for recording thoughts and feelings.

It can also be used to form the basis of a short story.  A story can be converted to a drama, tragedy or romance.  The young person can also be instructed to pick a question and write the answer they think they might give many years from now.  Or, the young person may even answer a question by turning it into a poem.

You know….Questions can change peoples lives.

Transformational power may exist in the right question given at the right time.



One session one emotional and psychological issues can make a huge difference in the way you engage with the rest of the day and perhaps days to follow.

Give it a try.. Nothing to loose except stress and all that it brings with it…



We all get scared sometimes.

Fear can be good for you sometimes.  It can even keep us healthy.

How? Well if you get too close to a cliff, you will get scared and step back and this will keep you safe!d. I bet you didn’t see it that way did you?

A little fear can also make your senses rather sharp and help you perform better.

Some people actually like feeling a little scared.  I know I do.  I even watch spooky movies sometimes.  My friends go on scary rides at carnivals.

When we are scared our heart beats faster and we breath faster.  Oh yeah, the fight or flight response.  So what do we do…we either run away fast, or we face our fear.  I guess this depends on the circumstances.  I’m definitely not going to fight a snake!!! I’m going to bolt as fast as I can (and even faster).  But that’s just me. 

But when we feel scared with no apparent reason, this is called ANXIETY, and this can bring on other feelings e.g. tummy ache, dizziness, or a horrible feeling.

If you have an intense fear of something, this is called a phobia.

Anxiety can be genetic or can develop after a life event.  Sometimes illness can cause anxiety.  Drugs can also cause anxiety.

If you find you are experiencing anxiety, you should tell your parent(s) and they may take you to the doctor, or a therapist.  Anxiety can be lessened through talking, relaxation exercises, meditations, activities, and sometimes medications are used.

I hope I just taught you lots of stuff, 

I always find that when I understand things better, 

I can handle things better.

How about you?

I hold lots of workshops for anxiety and worry at my clinic.  

The kids love doing activities the best, and also meditations.

I love the smily faces the best.

Take care

Amanda Dounis



A wonderful resource that I use really help individuals get to know themselves and what they need to do for themselves.

This resource is from Deal and Honey (St Lukes Innovative Resources) and I’m so glad I came across it.  I use it mostly with teens and young adults, but is also wonderful for kids and older adults because it can be delivered according to each persons age and stage of development.

It revolves itself around an interesting metaphor.

If you consider yourself a car… knowing there are so many different cars on the road.

Each car as we know has 4 wheels which make up our “total behaviour”;

Acting – front wheels

Thinking – front wheels

Feeling – back wheels

Physiology – back wheels

How does the individual use this?

In the following order:

First the individual determines what they are feeling, 

Second they notice what happens in their body

Third they consider what they are thinking

Fourth they look at how they are acting

Then the client is asked to consider what type of car they prefer to be driving instead, and this means 4 new tyres.  New tyres gives the opportunity for new feelings, body sensations, thoughts, and ways of acting.

As an example…

If you are unhappy, get on your front wheels and change your thoughts and actions.

This scenario allows for change, once you understand the connection between the wheels.

We tend to drive a car around all the time and we prefer certain cars (behaviours) and they become habitual for us.

We choose the cars we drive.

When we let others control us we are giving them the key to our car.

Stop signs remind us that we may need to stop and consider our actions.

Do we need to change cars?

We use thinking bubbles during the session to ask questions that help us stay in control of our lives.

We also plan a journey so we know what to do next…

This is an opportunity to identify and list actions that are needed to meet goals.

There is also a special character in this game:  “Max”.  

Max’s expressions and behaviours reflect what is happening in each behaviour.  Max is also a witness  –  an observer, who stands aside watching and mirroring what is happening.

When we see Max in the game, we can ask, what he is thinking, noticing, interpreting, wanting you to notice, and recommending you do?

Max can be a family member, a close friend, colleague, favourite teacher, hero, or even an imaginary friend.  Basically an extra voice, an alternative view point. 

This activity involves different parts of the car (steering wheel, brakes, accelerator, lights, etc) to help you understand how you work; the choices you make and the connections between your feelings, body messages, thoughts and actions.

Knowing how your car operates helps you ‘control your car’; take responsibility for your actions and make sound, healthy choices in life.

The engine of our personal car has five cylinders, all of which need to be kept in good order so that they can work together and keep us motivated.  Each cylinder represents;


Love and belonging



Fun and learning

Our rear wheels give us signals about what we are experiencing and how our body is responding.

Our car is a front wheel drive – what we do and think give us movement.

The steering wheel enables us to drive towards what we want.  It enables us to steer our car along a chosen path.

The drivers seat is for the driver only.  Only you should control your car.

Sometimes the passenger seat has a good passenger helping you navigate and give advice and notice your progress.  So choose someone who can really support you on your journey.

Headlights can help us see clearly.  We all have important people in our lives who can be our headlights.

You need to choose the right gear at any given moment.  Especially if we wish to reach our destination in the most efficient way without wasting energy or causing wear and tear on our engine.

A crucial skill is knowing how much and when to apply the accelerator.  We certainly need  a little pressure on the accelerator so that we can move forward.  But too much pressure on the accelerator can cause dangerous speeding and risking accidents.

Sometimes we need to slow our behaviour car down or even stop altogether.  Applying the break works like a review, and gives us time to evaluate and reflect.

The windscreen helps us see the road ahead.  We need to know where we are going, when to turn the wheel, when to break, and when to give way.

Our windscreen is really a picture of the future.

At times we need to check the rear view mirror to see whats been left behind and make sure nothing sneaks up on us unexpectedly.  Our past can affect us in lots of ways. 

Radio antenas are part of our perceptual system, useful when we are driving, as they keep us alert or informed about things.  Our radios let us know traffic conditions, road hazards and weather forecasts, all of which can help inform our life choices.  They also provide music to help us relax or programs to keep us entertained, alert and able to concentrate.

Just as your car needs fuel to run on, we all need energy to meet our needs.

Luggage can be heavy and slow us down.  We talk about emotions baggage – memories of past events, failings, frustrations and disappointments.  Some baggage can be painful, some pleasant.

We all have luggage and baggage that we have to deal with.  Trusted friends, family, and professionals can help us work out what to hold onto and what might be tossed out, or left behind.

And there is a toolkit for emergencies; they are usually our strengths and the strengths of those significant others around us.  We are our own expert mechanics.

I hope you enjoyed the summary of how we can use a car metaphor for reviewing and changing our thoughts, feelings, actions and physiology.  Its a fun way of improving ourselves and it seems well comprehendible with all ages.  

Together with each individual we customise the plan.  There is lots of flexibility and opportunity for self reflection and self improvement that can be totally directed by the individual themselves.

This works so well.

I hope you enjoyed this read

Amanda Dounis

Positive Thinking Clinic

1/7 Magdalene Terrace

Wolli Creek, 2205

0458 850 850