Gray Matter is the “brain-child” of Amanda Bendt. Amanda has a tremendous passion for working in the mental health sector and enjoys sharing her knowledge, skills and experience with people who seek her support with the desire to improve their lives.
Amanda has specialised in the field of mental health since 2010. As an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker (AMHSW) with a Medicare Provider Number, Amanda has the qualifications, experience and expertise to provide counselling services to individuals experiencing a range of problems and barriers in their lives.
Amanda values the knowledge and experience of her clients and respects them as being the experts in their own lives. She is straight forward in her approach and communicates clearly on a level that meets each person’s needs.
Amanda provides a safe, non-judgemental environment for people of all ages and backgrounds.
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears”
– Nelson Mandela
By offering a range of therapies, approaches and strategies, each person is ensured they will find something that works for them.
Amanda provides evidence based best practice in the form of Focused Psychological Strategies (FPS) which include:
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Relaxation Strategies
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Amanda has experience working for government and non-government organisations in rural and regional settings, with community groups and individuals.
Amanda had experience in Child Protection and Sexual Assault Support Services before moving into mental health. She has held positions of Case Manager for Adult Community Mental Health Services, Rural Mental Health Clinician in two separate locations in Tasmania, and a Support Facilitator with the Nation-wide Partners in Recovery (PiR) program. Amanda now works in private practice as the Director of Gray Matter Therapy providing counselling to individuals and contracting to organisations such as headspace.