Amanda Dounis is a Strategic Psychotherapist : Professional Counsellor, Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP Master, Life Coach, and Proficient Early Childhood Teacher. She uses a professional and interpersonal relationship with her clients, in order to develop an understanding about them and help them make changes in their lives. Building a trusting therapeutic relationship is one of the most important ingredients when it comes to progress.
There are many different styles of treatment. During initial consultation, Amanda will decide what is suitable for each unique individual. Amanda is equipped with a number of diverse modalities. A look at Amanda’s professional development page outlines the amount of skills that have been acquired through many years of study ad training. The list is exhaustive and continues to grow year to year. Amanda stays up to date with new research and advances in therapy.
Therapy is usually offered face to face but can also be available by email, telephone, mobile or online /video conferencing. Amanda offers services both Face to Face in Clinic, as well as Distance Professional Services (also known as Telehealth, Teletherapy, E-Counselling, E-Therapy, Online Counselling, and Online Therapy, and Online Conferencing).
Amanda generally focuses on specific problems /patterns or life changes. However issues with a broader and general focus may also need to be considered for the wellness of the client.
As a brief strategic Psychotherapist, Amanda prefers to use brief therapy as it is strategic, exploratory, and solution based (rather than problem oriented). It does not look for meaning into the past (so it doesn’t explore WHY). This therapy assumes the client will change with insight. Amanda looks for patterns and processes in the “now” (and asks “HOW”) and shows the client where different choices can be made so that they can change.
The only time the past is visited is to clean up the thinking and feeling that surrounds particular issues that are either unresolved or have lead to unresolved thoughts and feelings (and this may include behaviours), so that the unique individual can live more comfortably in the present and move into the future with new framing and skills learned during sessions.
Amanda focuses on the client’s current experience holistically (not just their internal state and thinking, but their external interactions with other people and the world around them). This includes but is not limited to an awareness of diet, exercise, sleep, interactions, and more. Discussions, suggestions and referrals may be necessary.
As common practice, a look at where the client is now and where the client wishes to go is a good place to start. Detailing mental, emotional and behavioural pathways, as well analysing patterns becomes important for a well developed treatment plan for each session. Pattern interruptions can be difficult to achieve, but commitment to tasking that has been agreed upon will lead to results and necessary feedback.
Counselling, Hypnotherapy, NLP, Coaching and Psychotherapy is helpful in treating any crisis situation, anxiety, depression, management of stress, grief and trauma, weigh management, addiction, relationship or family conflicts and any emotional or psychological problems. The list is extensive.
Therapy sessions may be for an individuals (of an age), couple, group, family, or as needed.
Whilst Amanda sees mostly adults, she is also considered amongst the local community as a well equipped, heavily resourced professional and is one of the “go to persons” when it comes to kids, tweens and teens. Quite a gift and genuine love for the young generations moving through their difficult moments. Scroll down to read about therapy with young persons.
Consultations are confidential, professional and may take up to an hour in duration. Amount of sessions will be discussed with clients. Typically for specific issues, the average duration tends to be 4-6 sessions, unless clients participate in specific programs offered by Amanda.
In addition to the brief, strategic component of Psychotherapy, Amanda is also a qualified Professional Counsellor and where applicable and appropriate, counselling sessions may not be brief and strategic in nature. This means sessions may take a course where they are spaced apart and for longer frequency of visits. This typically depends upon the client and where possible this decision is also left to the individual.
The goal for therapy is to lead into a pathway where the individual is able to cope with the past, present and future concerns independently of therapeutic intervention. Hence the focus on skill building during each session.
Some individuals come for a short amount of sessions and some return later on, either for a top up in wellness or for a new outcome. When a trusting relationship is formed, individuals know that they can always make a booking for another session even after some time has passed.
A note on sessions with kids, tweens and teens. Each session takes into account the best interest of the child. Sessions typically are more effective without parental /guardian presence. This is usually because young kids may hide behind parents and tend to interact less independently if their parent /guardian is present in session. Tweens generally enjoy sessions on their own if they feel comfortable with the therapist. Teens generally prefer their sessions on their own. But it is always up to the family (parents /guardians) to decide.
Typically Amanda will begin the session with everyone present to discuss goals and concerns and ways forward. This ensures everyone is there for the same reason and is aware of the session as a whole. During this session Amanda makes clear all legalities around privacy and confidentially, including what is and what is not reportable. Goals, safety and feedback are addressed at every session. Discussing privacy and confidentiality and what is reportable is important so that all adults and young persons know their rights. This is also important so that each child is aware of trust versus reportable circumstances. It also sets the parameters for a professional therapeutic relationship. Young persons should be able to trust that their session remains confidential and private (and to know what needs to be reported to their parent(s) /guardians, and sometimes legal authorities.
The Bachelor of Counselling provides a comprehensive grounding in counselling frameworks and skills, ethical practice and cultural diversity.
The Bachelor of Counselling provides training with a strong focus on contemporary techniques, counselling and psychology theory, research and practice.
Strategic Psychotherapy looks at the client resources to maximise potential.
Modern Clinical Hypnotherapy is a dynamic form of Psychotherapy which combines cognitive therapeutic counselling techniques with unconscious (subconscious) healing techniques.
People are not treated with hypnosis, rather they are treated “in” hypnosis.
Being hypnotised feels just like being very relaxed. The unconscious (subconscious) mind is accessed, and the therapist’s positive suggestions are taken and applied, to the patient’s psyche in the most efficient way.
The hypnotherapist assists the client to become so deeply relaxed, that with little guidance and strategic suggestions, the client can begin to make changes that he or she wants to make (towards automatic behaviours and /or emotional reactions) leading towards a more positive outcome.
Change occurs when the client is open and accepting and committed to goals.
The critical and judgemental conscious mind will quieten to allow these new behavioural changes to take place.
Clinical Hypnotherapy can assist the client come into conscious awareness of his or her unconscious (subconscious) beliefs thus enabling an understanding and redress of any existing imbalance. This should result in reduced feelings of stress and anxiety, and increased feelings of peace and positive energy.
During hypnosis, the conscious, rational part of the brain is temporarily bypassed, making the unconscious (subconscious) part, which influences mental and physical functions, receptive to suggestive therapy. During a trance state, there is heightened concentration for the specific purpose of maximising potential, changing limiting beliefs and behaviours, and gaining insight and wisdom.
Hypnosis is an altered state of awareness, where the client can become more absorbed in relaxing thoughts, ideas, and feelings, while being distracted from negative or painful ones. Those who benefit from hypnosis respond well to suggestions about feeling less pain, more comfort, increased energy, better sleep, and rapid healing outcomes.
It is important that the client complies with everything the therapist asks during sessions and between sessions.
Clinical hypnosis is usually considered an aid to strategic psychotherapy because the hypnotic state allows people to become more suggestible and thus listen to the requests /guidance of the therapist who will be strategically looking for and implementing solutions using the persons existing resources, challenging the way they think. Clients are led into a solution focused approach while considering client choices to make changes to the way they think and behave.
By dealing with problems in the emotional mind, we are targeting the problems at their source. This is done by addressing the conflict between the unconscious and the conscious process, bringing about a positive change. This is what makes hypnotherapy so effective.
Hypnosis is focused attention. It has been demonstrated to benefit in areas such as;
When using hypnosis, we are dealing with the unconscious, emotional mind, rather than the analytical, rationalising mind. Often, peoples problems do not make rational sense, even to themselves – they respond emotionally even though their analytical mind may be aware that their response is to rationalise.
The client has a particular role to play if he or she wishes hypnosis (and any form of treatment) is to be successful.
To achieve a successful hypnotic trance;
THERE ARE HOWEVER LIMITATIONS TO HYPNOTHERAPY
It is best to consult with your doctor when contemplating hypnotherapy or self-hypnosis, especially if you are being treated for any mental disorder.
NLP is an approach that is used for communication, personal development, and psychotherapy. NLP works to change cognitive beliefs and patterns. It gives us tools to run our own brain and manage our states, emotions and behaviours. Techniques are used to improve how we think, behave and feel. NLP is used to change thoughts and feelings, to run your own life more successfully, and to communicate with other people more effectively. Basically, NLP is a way of precisely understanding how you do the things you do – so that you can improve your good methods and replace your not-so-good ones.
The above therapies are effective, safe, & drug free. In todays terms…organic our therapies focus on solutions and the client.