Amanda Gifford

Brief Bio: Amanda Gifford is a Health Professional Council of SA HPCSA Registered Arts Therapist ( Drama Therapist)– Registered Therapist ( Johannesburg, South Africa) with a private practice in Fourways Bryanston Area. She has an MA Counselling Psychology in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco USA 2004 and an Honours University of Cape Town, South Africa 1994 as well as a BA UCT 1993 South Africa. She uses Family Constellations as an integral part of her practice. She also trained with Family Constellations Africa 2005/2006 and Family Constellations Africa 2007/2008 with various local and international facilitators. She is busy with her Shamanic Constellations training with Guilherme Barcellos C. Souza ( Gui) from Brazil. She is studying Gamma Wave Healing with Matthew Ryan and she has also been a student at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment for 20 years. Her work is an integration of her 20 years of her spiritual journey and education. She offers a mix of Drama Therapy, GammaWave Healing, EFT and Family Constellations work as well as other transpersonal awakening practices.

What is a Drama Therapist?

Drama Therapy

Drama Therapy is not just therapy for the drama in your life, its also the intentional and systematic use of imagination , uncovering unprocessed emotions and perceptions and using focused thought and intuition into creative awakened embodiment through the stage of the mind, acting for real and theatre processes like role play, simulation of situations, standing in another persons shoes and suspending disbelief to achieve the therapeutic goals of symptom relief, emotional, cognitive and physical integration, and personal growth. Drama therapy incorporates diverse theoretical approaches and is action-orientated and experiential in practice, using one or more of the following processes: dramatic play, mime, puppetry, mask work, role play, enactment, ritual, improvisation, storytelling, theatre-making, drama games and text. These approaches aim to facilitate the client’s ability to tell his/her story, solve problems, gain insight into personal behaviours, practice new behaviours, express feelings appropriately, achieve catharsis, improve interpersonal skills, and strengthen the ability to perform personal, social and professional life roles while increasing flexibility between roles. The structure and distance offered by drama allows personal experiences to be reviewed in a metaphorical way. Role play, observation and experimenting with different kinds of behaviours and strategies can help to reconstruct difficult group situations and explore alternative group systems, goals and roles.

This can be used in individual therapy, family therapy and couples therapy sessions.

What is Family Constellations?`

WHAT IS FAMILY CONSTELLATIONS
Family & Systems Constellations with Amanda Gifford.

The constellation process uses images and the body experience rather than words or narrative. The first image that presents at the beginning of a client’s process is that of their internal picture of their current family system. From this image the facilitator can offer a working hypothesis of the family dynamic. This is confirmed or added to by the feedback from the representatives.

Workshop with HPCSA registered Therapist Amanda Gifford, MA Psychology, Drama Therapist, HPCSA Registered, Family Constellations facilitator.

Can claim on many Medical Aids.

Pre- session and post session recommended.
Whatsapp: 078 499 6472 to Book.
Amanda Gifford email: amanda@geniuslab.co.za

The constellation process uses images and the body experience rather than words or narrative. The first image that presents at the beginning of a client’s process is that of their internal picture of their current family system. From this image the facilitator can offer a working hypothesis of the family dynamic. This is confirmed or added to by the feedback from the representatives.

Healing the genetic lineage.
Healing anger.
Healing trauma.

You can also do Cosmic Constellations tapping into the Star Family,

There are many things that can be achieved with a family constellation.

Healing
Helping People Conceive.
Conscious Birth.
Helping People Die Consciously.
Heal from Disease.

Live a Conscious Life. Have a Conscious Family.

Family Constellations is defined as follows in Wikipedia:

Family Constellations, also known as Systemic Constellations and Systemic Family Constellations, is an alternative therapeutic method which draws on elements of family systems therapy, existential phenomenology and Zulu attitudes to family.[1] In a single session, a Family Constellation attempts to reveal a supposedly unrecognized systemic dynamic that spans multiple generations in a given family and to resolve the deleterious effects of that dynamic by encouraging the subject to encounter representatives of the past and accept the factual reality of the past.

Family Constellations diverges significantly from conventional forms of cognitivebehaviour and psychodynamic psychotherapy. The method has been described by physicists as quantum quackery, and its founder Bert Hellinger incorporates the pseudoscientific idea of morphic resonance into his explanation of it. Positive outcomes from the therapy have been attributed to conventional explanations such as suggestion and empathy.[2][3][4]

Practitioners claim that present-day problems and difficulties may be influenced by traumas suffered in previous generations of the family, even if those affected now are unaware of the original event in the past. Hellinger referred to the relation between present and past problems that are not caused by direct personal experience as Systemic entanglements, said to occur when unresolved trauma has afflicted a family through an event such as murder, suicide, death of a mother in childbirth, early death of a parent or sibling, war, natural disaster, emigration, or abuse.[5] The psychiatrist Iván Böszörményi-Nagy referred to this phenomenon as Invisible Loyalties.[6]

About Amandas Work

Click the blog link below to read a testimonial about Family Constellations from Chelsea May.

https://chelseymay.wixsite.com/mysite/single-post/2019/03/12/Deep-Cleanse-Healing-through-Family-Constellation-Therapy-with-Amanda-Gifford 

“Amanda is a transformer, a dreamer, an earth angel, a star child, a change agent and a sweetheart. She can help people transform as a result of relating to her. She has a sense of her own personal power and has done a good amount of inner and outer work to dive in deep with her clients. She will help you work with the idea of BEING DIVINE ORDER. She works with you to resolve the question Who Am I? She will help you with metamorphosis on a deep soul level. Some say she is “from the future” and far out there in her work bring things from the periphery into your awareness. She is a visionary and a prophet in her work and will help you bring new concepts into your mind and body. She is also good with the Underworld work at the same time as being able to hold the weird and wonderful and she has an amazing sense of idealism and imagination to tap into all potential.”
—Kaypacha, New Paradigm Astrology 2018.

“Amandas work is groundbreaking!” Tossie Van Tonder 2018 Wits Conference.

“Just stopping off a little thank you note to say how sublime you are and how impactful I thought yesterday was. I really am in awe of your magic and beauty..so thank you!’ 14th July 2019, Bella – Organisational Constellation.

Are you feeling stuck? Depressed? Stressed? Need advice or direction? Amanda offers individual, relationship and family therapy, family systems constellations ( a type of Family Therapy based on Zulu cultural beliefs of the Orders of Love) and (arts) drama therapy sessions. She also does long distance therapy sessions and Coaching.

Qualifications

  • Health Professional Council of SA HPCSA Registered Arts Therapist – Registered Therapist ( Johannesburg, South Africa) in Fourways Bryanston Area.
  • MA Psychology Drama Therapy California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco USA 2004
  • Honours University of Cape Town, South Africa 1994
  • BA UCT 1993 South Africa.
  • She also trained with Family Constellations Africa 2005/2006 and Family Constellations Africa 2007/2008 with various local and international facilitators. She is busy with her third 2 year training in Shamanic Constellations training with Gui

Healer, teacher and leader

Amanda is a healer, teacher and leader. She uses a mix of Arts Therapies and Family Constellations methods in her private practice. She has been in the healing field her whole life.

Individual Therapy
Couples & Marriage Therapy
Family Therapy
Transpersonal & Family Constellations Sessions
Executive Coaching
Communication Courses, Personal Mastery and Emotional Intelligence

some of the ISSUES she addresses

Family Therapy
Couples Therapy
Spiritual Development
Awakening processes.
Innovation and Thought Leadership
Confidence Building
Stress Management
Conscious Relationship
Marriage and Divorce Counselling
Death of a Loved One
Grief Counselling
Alziemers/ Dementia and the Family
Trauma
Animal Communication
Sleep Issues
Dealing with Illness
Depression & Anxiety
Life Planning
And more…

Business training – INTUITIVE BUSINESS

IMG_4469She also offers bespoke training to businesses. Her speciality is inspiration, motivation and innovation. She works with her own unique content that combines many years of training.

Where do I begin? I am really grateful for your workshop. It was full of simplicity and “genius”. In a moment I changed realities. Thanks for facilitating it and providing the time and space for me to grow. Exited for more!”
— Reality and New Timelines Workshop by Amanda. Elisa Pico-Reig – Isagenix 20th May 2011 USA
THANK YOU for such a brilliant workshop today, I am beyond excited and it was such an honour to have the experience with both of you.
Nancy Hinckyldene ( 1 August 2010)
“Absolutely amazing afternoon! Had an awesome evening communicating … Thank you both for being amazing and allowing the genius to flow!”
—Grant Williamson Rand Merchant Bank ( 1st August 2010)

Join Amanda’s monthly Family Constellations groups with a difference.

Private practice in Johannesburg

_37A0108Amanda runs a practice in South Africa in the North of Johannesburg. She has a Masters in Counselling Psychology majoring in Transpersonal Orientation to Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco California graduating in 2003, a BA and BA Honours from University of Cape Town in English and Drama.  Amanda has a private practice in Johannesburg offering sessions for individuals, couples, families, business groups, NGOS and community. Amanda has been in 15 years of practice.

She also offers transpersonal healing sessions, retreats, therapy, coaching and training. Her speciality is inspiration, motivation and innovation. She works with her own unique content that combines many years of training.

Creative Leadership, Innovation Training Facilitator, Material Design, Systemic Coach, Voice Coach and Drama Therapist

fullsizeoutput_1030Amanda facilitates individual and group learnings through creativity and play, Team Buildings, Confidence Building, Assertiveness Training, Power Speaking, Stress management, and more using the latest in leadership learning methodologies with facilitation style bringing in Integral, Interactive & Innovative methods including Organisational Systems Constellations, Psychodrama, Circling & Authentic Relating and Presencing in Leadership work in Johannesburg. Amanda also has a private practice in Johannesburg runs workshops for the public.

A creative & spiritual approach to a wide range of Psychological Services

Specialties: Family and Organisational Systems Constellations and Drama Therapy Sessions. Individual Empowerment, Change, Innovation Playgrounds, Inspiration and Change.

YouTube Channel

Amanda has a YouTube Channel called geniuslabtv Where you can find out a bit more about her work and her passions.

Galactic Family Constellation Healing the Masculine and Feminine

Bespoke Creative Leadership, Innovation Training Facilitator, Material Design, Systemic Coach, Voice Coach and Drama Therapist

Amanda is a qualifed  Psychologist HPCSA Registered Drama Therapist with an MA Counselling Psychology, Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in SF, CA, USA; a Family Constellations facilitator, trainer and Drama Therapist.

Specialties: Family and Organisational Systems Constellations and Drama Therapy Sessions. Innovation Playgrounds, Inspiration and Change.

BLOG: By Chelsea May

BOOK FOR A Deep Cleanse Healing through Family Constellation Therapy with Amanda Gifford

March 12, 2019 Chelsey May

On the 16th of February 2018, my Step Father Leon Orsmond went missing in Kigali, Rwanda. Through sources, it was discovered that he was arrested for being politically expressive about his opposing political views. Police had no records of his arrest and government institutions were of no proactive assistance, even to this day.

Hovering in darkness, grief and confusion I was extremely grateful to Amanda for offering a constellation space for me to digest this unnerving experience. Through a specific embodied structure, the family constellation space offers an opportunity to become conscious of and break patterns connected to ancestors and current family members. Inspired by Zulu wisdom and structural beliefs around family, Bert Hellinger developed this multi-dimensional group process to guide one towards healing unconscious family wounds that still play out through us on a daily basis. Members of the group are ‘enrolled’ as representatives of one’s family, while the therapist guides you towards recognizing and confronting these wounds.

The beauty of this therapy is that you never know what you’re going into, yet you come out with peace either way – so there really isn’t much to fear if you approach the process with courage. During my constellation, Amanda effectively guided me towards connecting with the energy of what was going down and what could be done to move forward in the situation with Leon. My initial ‘goal’ was to find out what happened to him and what to do to find him but that’s not totally how it works, although there was strong reason to believe that he either did not want to be found or he was already dead. As Amanda weaved us deeper into the journey, I was rolled into a profound understanding and awareness of how I was holding onto deep pain from Leon living in another country for the past 8 years. I also gained a new awareness of how this pain had been negatively playing out in my life – specifically through my career and romantic relationships. All of this was plenty of new ‘stuff’ to digest so the session ended at this point. Had I chosen to go deeper into the process I would have likely gone into broader ancestral patterns calling for healing. I definitely recommend several sessions to deepen the cleansing.

I have been part of several constellation sessions with Amanda where I was a representative for others diving into the entanglements of family wounds. Overall, with her own grounded cosmic wisdom, Amanda brings an expanded mindfulness of the broad possibilities of where a wound is sitting in the family line and what needs to happen to confront and heal this wound, for the sake of the individual and their descendants. Amanda’s use of elements (such as water) and various medicines placed in the space as representatives adds extra support and power to the process. If you’re brave enough to do this work, I highly recommend Amanda to hold you through it. With her magical and grounded feminine presence, you’ll be sure to experience subtle, yet mind-blowing breakthroughs.

If you are keen to get in touch with Amanda for a constellation, here are her details: Whatsapp – 0784996472, Email – amanda@geniuslab.co.za. Visit her website – www.amandagifford.co.za