Amanda comes from an unusual background, having had a upbringing in communes and on the high seas, rather than in High School. She harks from Nashville, where her father, George Gruhn, has been in the music business since 1970.
Amanda’s early start in the human growth and wellbeing communities holds her in good stead for quickly and deeply understanding complex presenting issues in therapy and counselling. Her passion for the process means she is continually questioning the current modalities and developing these further if necessary to meet the needs of her clients. A recent example is her development of Depth Enquiry, from its basis in EMDR.
Before studying Gestalt, Amanda worked in the not-for-profit sector as a Volunteer Programs Manager. She was a trainer of Gestalt therapists for five years and is a clinical supervisor for therapists.
Amanda holds a BVA (Hons) degree and an Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy.
She’s a Clinical Member of PACFA, Reg. 21766, and is a PACFA Accredited Supervisor. She is also a GANZ member.
Amanda’s primary interest is how people (whoever they are and however marginalised) can live happy, contented, fulfilled lives. Relationships are crucial to her, and the importance she places upon them informs both her work and her personal life.
She subscribes to Taoist philosophies, and has been known over the years to utter the phrase “What you resist persists“.
See also: Amanda’s Services for Therapists.