BSocWk; MMH (Art Therapy)
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Amanda is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Art Therapist, a member of the Australian Association of Social Work and the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association. Amanda has been providing evidence based interventions and counselling to children, families, adolescents and adults for 15 years in community settings, child protection, foster care and early intervention programs, inpatient mental health and private practice. Amanda has trained in Art Therapy, Sandplay, focused psychological strategies (such as CBT, ACT) and strengths based practice. Amanda has a special interest in using creativity, gaming, science experiments, writing/reading, fantasy and pop culture in therapy.
Amanda is a Social Work and Art Therapy Supervisor and provides regular supervision to clinicians and students. Amanda teaches in the Master of Mental Health team, School of Medicine, University of Queensland, which includes supervising and mentoring clinicians looking to focus on mental health care and art therapy. Amanda is a proud elected member of the Executive Board of a Brisbane based community agency.
Amanda is experienced in providing evidence-based psychological interventions and art/creativity based therapies to children, adolescents and adults across a range of areas, including but not limited to;
- grief and loss, including suicide bereavement
- trauma and abuse, including child protection issues and sexual harm
- anxiety, social anxiety and specific phobias
- depression and body/self image concerns
- post traumatic stress disorder, including surviving domestic violence
- challenging behaviours and ADHD difficulties
- suicidal ideation and self harm
- gender and sexual identity support, including transitional processes
- adjustment after separation
- attachment difficulties
- autism spectrum disorder