Adolescence and young adulthood is a time of challenge and transformation, growth and discovery.
Hi, my name’s Amanda and my aim is to make a difference in young people's lives.
An authentic and stable
is crucial in tackling life’s ups and downs as well as the many challenges of growing up.
Finding one’s feet is part of what adolescence and young adulthood is about. Developing a positive relationship with ourselves can help us make good choices and maintain our equilibrium in the face of life’s challenges – it can also help us relate better to others.
Without a strong sense of self, we struggle to make the most of life.
Our choices will be limited and we will find ourselves heading in directions which lead to a lack of fulfilment, often living alongside feelings of emptiness and an inability to create real intimacy, to be a real friend – or a real partner.
A life without a strong sense of self is a life without a centre.
My practice is a safe space, where I offer support and guidance through times of growth and change.
Psychotherapy with me is a place to embark on the journey of discovery, where together we can help build the foundations of a fulfilling and authentic life.
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People who have grown up in an emotionally abusive family live with the deep wounds and scars of chronic trauma. Trauma counselling can help unpick and heal the complex legacy of narcissistic parents.
Where is Complex Trauma and where does it come from? In this post I provide some answers and outline how trauma counselling can help you come to terms with your past. To discuss how psychotherapy can help you recover from childhood trauma, call me for a free phone consultation on 0411749577
What is narcissistic abuse and what can we do about it? If you are struggling in an abusive relationship or recovering from one, Call now for a free phone consultation. 0411749577
Growing up with narcissists can damage your sense of self. Even coming to the understanding that you experienced abuse is challenging. That is where psychotherapy can offer hope. Call now for a free phone consultation 0411749577
Growing up in a narcissistic family is hard, but what are the implications for us as adults, trying to relate to each other and find authentic connections? For a free consultation call now 0411749577
We are all familiar with the extremes of child abuse that hit the tabloid headlines, but what about the more subtle and common forms of invalidation and emotional abuse which cause harm to children?
Why psychotherapy is more relevant now than ever.
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Bullying is not just sticks and stones anymore.
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Do you or someone you love have BPD? Here is what to look out for.
One minute you are having a friendly chat - the next you are the unwitting target of intense anger - what the hell is going on?
From the best of the best to the worst of the worst - what is really going on in BPD devaluation?
Loving someone with BPD can be challenging. Here are ten things you can do to help them - and yourself.
Its a stressful time for families when a member has been diagnosed with BPD, but there is help and hope.
Where does Complex PTSD come from? In this post I provide some answers.
Are you worried about your child? Here are some of the warning signs of depression and where to get help.
Attachment theory can help us understand what is going on for people with BPD.
Teen angst or mental illness? How to tell the difference between normal mood swings and something more serious.
Medications have their place, but they aren’t the answer in the long term. The tragic death of Sabrina Di Lembo can also tell us something about how services are letting young people down.
In this post, I look at the concept of mirroring and how it might be useful for clinicians - and parents.
Is time out the best way to tame those difficult behaviours?
Extroverts shouldn’t have it all their own way!
10 ways to help support your adolescent (age 11-20) to thrive through the challenging teen years, and create a happily productive adulthood.
For some young people, school can be a daunting place.
Finding out your child is self-harming can be pretty scary for parents, but often the behaviour is intrinsically rewarding. In this post, I explore why people do it, what it means and how you can help.
Attachment theory can help us understand how parenting works and what might be going on for us and our children - especially in the early months.
Most people don’t want to admit to feeling it, but does shame underpin many mental health problems?
BPD information and resources for families.