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 an extensive list of qualifications.
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 psychotherapy, 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.
KIDS SELF EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOPS September 2018 school holidays
Monday 8 October 2018 3:00pm-5:00pm
Friday 12 October 2018 3:00pm-5:00pm Cost $50 each Self Empowerment Workshops include:
Kids gain the opportunity to experience how to:
- Calm their mind and body
- Pay attention
- Become more self aware
- Feel happier and confident
- Connect with others, and
- Have fun
This is one of the kids favourite moments. Meditation is happening everywhere; in social/ private settings, and groups/ individuals. There are many benefits to meditations with children. They spend time with their own self, experiencing the moment, visualising positivity, relaxing and unwinding
• Controlling (and letting go of) Anger and Tense moments
- Simple skills to successfully manage anger
- Tools to calm down during emotionally tense moments
- Strategies to overcome anxiety
- To use anger in a healthy way
- Steps to create positive changes
• Bullying (knowledge and what to do) and Resilience building skills
We look at the law, and our rights as individuals. We explore scenarios and ways of dealing with issues publicly and privately. Kids become equiped with their “rights” and the correct path to follow. We also work on resiliency to ensure kids can continue moving forward in a positive and healthy direction.
• Anxiety Solutions and tips
Anxiety solutions are created from mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy, brain research, and positive psychology.
The aim is to help children manage anxious thoughts, create well being and build resilience.
All activities are solution oriented so that kids learn to re-route the brain quickly.
We learn anxiety and so we can unlearn it.
• Self compassion
Have you ever thought about carrying out a random act of kindness. What could you do? How will you ensure that you will do it? I aim to stimulate conversation and promote mindful and kind ways of being. This assists each individual in building their own values and being the best they can be at any given moment.
• Melting worries
I like to encourage thinking by using cognitive therapy techniques. The aim here is to directly change your thoughts to worry less. I encourage relaxation by engaging in exercises to relax the body and the worried mind. I promote movement /doing, using behaviour therapy techniques. This is useful for changing habits and behaviours to effectively manage worry. I encourage mindfulness by increasing awareness and acceptance of the present moment. In summary, I use a bunch of cognitive behaviour therapy and mindfulness strategies to release anxiety.
• Choosing strengths
We all have strengths but sometimes we don’t know that we do. Did you know that being curious is a strength? If we are curious, we may explore other ideas, we may even ask another person how they are feeling…. It is important that kids realise they possess inner strengths and how they can be used in different scenarios.
Book your child’s spot now email@example.com 0458 850 850
IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH SIMPLE STEPS YOU CAN BEGIN WITH
I hope you enjoy this simple read. If you find it simple, then I’ve achieved my goal….keeping it simple.
MEDITATION & PHYSICAL EXERCISE
Meditation and physical exercises every day helps release endorphins into your brain. This helps to release stress.
So what meditations do you practice? There are great apps that offer simple meditations. There are also great resources on the internet for short or long meditation practices. Have fun exploring.
And what about physical exercise. Is this a time for you to notice that you do, or do not participate in any?
Come to think of it, I don’t think I have ever come across someone who does some physical exercise (or meditation) and then says “I feel horrible after that!” Don’t get confused with comments of how difficult or challenging it may have been. But generally it’s not regretted, and the person is usually grateful they did it.
Play, play, play, even emphasised while you are an adult. Awaken your inner child by playing with kids, or if not with kids, you can use jigsaw puzzles, colouring in, play dough, sand, or anything you like. But this part is key: while you are playing… be present. I dare you not to take your mind elsewhere. Be there playing, don’t be thinking of the time, or dinner, or a past event, or a future worry. Play.
Become aware of the moment and look for the positives. Have you ever bought a car, e.g. a white car, and then all of a sudden notice so many white cars on the road? [I bet you have a similar example]. This is because you have brought something up into your ‘awareness’.
So be careful. This also means if you bring negatives into your awareness, you may notice more negatives.
Be better than that, and look for positives deliberately.
Then you can invite more positives into your awareness.
You can plan this as an exercise (the whole family can do this too). Spend a couple of minutes once, twice or three times a day, and announce to yourself (or write if you prefer), everything you are grateful or thankful for. You can even say ‘I’m thankful for the wipers working on my car’, ‘I’m thankful for the rain’, and of course you can be thankful for more things with significant importance in your life. So changes in your way of thinking (and the language that you use) can lead to ways of rewiring your brain into a more positive tool.
Ever noticed how important relationships are? They are! They assist with improving your emotional well being. Hanging out, quick phone calls, slow phone calls (what ever works) are still part of relationships. Notice how good they can make you feel. You will know the right dose, once you begin self exploration. Positive relationships can do wonders for your health.
MINDFULNESS & GOALS
Now lets be mindful. Evaluate your current standards. Where are you at right now, and where do you want to be. Now work out what steps you need to get there. If you don’t create a plan or have steps /strategies in place, then you cannot call it a goal (its more like a wish). So do you need to set aside some time to complete properly preparing for a goal?
So with this brief and simple read, I hope it has shed some light on what you can work on. That’s all you need to get from this read. Just one or two things that reassure you that you are on the right track, or that you need to make improvements to.
QUIT SMOKING PACKAGE
This read is intended for the reader to become absorbed in the “hot” topics that surround smoking. The QUIT SMOKING PROGRAM.
- Session 1: I get to know your individual smoking behaviours and triggers, while helping you reframe and build a powerful mindset with hypnosis and NLP exercises.
- Session 2: I use your personal situation with powerful hypnotherapy techniques and advanced NLP exercises, in a unique enjoyable experience so that you leave as a calm and confident non-smoker.
After the session you will be invited to return to listen to an e-book relevant to smoking cessation. *Free of charge. You may also be invited to listen to other audios on habit change, and another ebook on weight control. *Free of charge. *Individual needs will be discussed with each client.
TOTAL COST OF STOP SMOKING PACKAGE = $500 This includes 2 sessions plus *2 free optional extra sessions.
If you are interested in becoming a non-smoker, please call me on 0458 850 850 Or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. I usually ask that you have your last cigarette 2 days before our first session. This proves your commitment and also when you arrive for your session on your third day of being a non-smoker….this seems to be a very important day as your cravings may challenge you. YOU MAY AS WELL READ ON TO HELP WITH YOUR DECISION….
Do you want to start losing weight right now? Tried many diets? Ever tried HYPNOBAND – a virtual guided imagery of a gastric band? Its work for others, why wouldn’t it work for you?
BE THE NEW SLIMMER YOU
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.
Monday - Sunday 9:00am - 9:00pm (Appointments Necessary)
KIDS WORKSHOPS: $25 (one hour) $50 (2 hours)
HYPNOBANDING: Initial Consultation: $180 Session 1 to 4: $1000 Includes 1 to 5 FREE SUPPORT SESSIONS
STOP SMOKING PACKAGE: $500 for 2 Sessions Includes 2 optional free sessions