Private Practice ( Johannesburg)
Amanda Gifford, MA Psych. Counselling
TO BOOK A THERAPY SESSION whatsapp 078 499 6472 I am based at Naturally Yours Health Centre in Johannesburg. Cost per hour R800.
I am a South African who went overseas to study my Masters and graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco with a Masters in Counselling Psychology majoring in Drama Therapy in 2004. I interned at acute inpatient setting overseas for chronic psychiatric illness including psychosis and schitzophrenia. I went on to run groups at a prison working with violent offenders for 2 years as well as working in an Alziemers unit in a hospital.
On my return to South Africa in 2004, I worked at a prison based training NGO called Khulisa where i wrote and trained programmes that i had learnt from overseas. I have worked at Life Line running trainings for staff, RHRU, ECHO, FNB, Standard Bank, Sharp Recovery Centre, mainly writing and training aswell as running therapy groups.
I went on to work in a variety of NGOS in SOuth Africa doing both trainings and therapy. My work ranges from individual therapy to corporate trainings.
I offer individual and group therapy influenced by the latest methods and ideas in therapy including my own ecceclic mix of drama therapy, psychodrama, developmental transformations, alchemy and family constellations for individuals, couples, families and groups, as well as quantum systems training for family constellations facilitators.
You can come and see me as an individual at my practice in Johannesburg. I have rooms in Oaklands and shared rooms in Bryanston, Johannesburg.
I also offer online Skype sessions and online groups for those not based in Johannesburg.
Here is some client feedback.
“Hi Amanda. The weekend had been a profound experience for me…Thank you for the experience. I am definitely interested in further training. Regards. Jeanne Oets – Clinical Psychologist “KZN May 2014
” Dear Amanda Thank you so much for your wise, sensitive, intuitive and compassionate facilitation of a very very special weekend. It felt like a real homecoming to this beautiful work and a privilege to journey with you,..I agree, the work was heart-opening and also healing. My own constellation was very profound and meaningful, and has continued ‘living’ since then- revealing new layers, insights, feelings and offering wonderful support.” Rene S KZN May 2014
“Participating, observing and reflecting of the constellations helped me to experience the healing power of working with systems. It is interesting to see and experience how strangers can connect with the pain, grief and joys of others in a constellation. To be part of the transition and emotional changes of others and myself has inspired me to learn more.” Lucinda.J. Clinical Psychologist May 2014 KZN
What is unique about my approach?
I believe that each person is able to tap into their own knowing to find solutions. My therapeutic approach engages tapping into the subconscious mind through the head, heart and body actively in the process and incorporates many years of training and experience in diverse fields from psychological and artistic process influenced by various transpersonal, cosmological and spiritual trainings.
At heart I am a transpersonal oriented thinker, using artistic methods to help individuals tap into their own knowing field whilse at the same time also helping them to see things from other peoples perspective.
I work with your thinking, your feeling and your body wisdom to find solutions that empower you in your life. I prefer to help you find your own inner advice and knowing and assist you in finding resources and solutions for yourself – something you often have within you but are unable to access since you are so deeply connected to the problem. In particular, I am able to assist you in shedding light on the recurring patterns that limit you, including those taken on from your family system and previous generations.
“Thank you so much Amanda! You are a truly remarkable woman. The experience was absolutely amazing. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I have had a very challenging, emotional, unstable past year and I have not done any work on myself for a very long time. This experience was tremendously healing and opened me to positivity and hope once again. It was truly mind blowing to share so much with strangers and feel so safe and with no judgement. Thank you for making this experience possibly for me. The realisation, affirmation, love and acceptance that I received during this experience, It is a gift that I will treasure forever. .” Love Cindy 4th Feb 2014
Systemic Therapy and Family Constellations acknowledge that the human being does not exist in isolation. We are part of a bigger network of relationships of belonging to our families, our cultures, and even our nations. Sometimes no matter how hard we try, we just can’t seem to break away from our past or the patterning of our families and previous generations. By zooming out, and becoming aware of the bigger picture, it becomes easier to move forward in your own life with a new sense of freedom, resource and strength.
I am registered with the HPCSA and the Board of Healthcare Funders, so you can claim from your medical aid if your option covers psychologists.
To book a session email me at firstname.lastname@example.org