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Dr Amanda Ferguson

Registered Psychologist, Registered Organisational Psychologist and Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist

About Dr Ferguson

Amanda is a registered psychologist, and a registered clinical hypnotherapist. Since 1994, she has been in private practice, counselling in problems such as clinical depression, anxiety, self esteem, addictions, food and habit disorders, relationships, grief, and life satisfaction and meaning. Then in 1999, Amanda also began practising in clinical hypnotherapy.

Amanda completed a PhD in 2015 on employee engagement - what makes people love and like their work in order to be satisfied and perform well. See Dr Ferguson's PhD thesis at http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/353781

Once into the Macquarie University site use the third-down black menue and click "down load". Amanda combines techniques of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy and inner child therapies. Amanda is also a registered organisational psychologist and has been working as a corporate trainer, management consultant and public speaker since 1996.

She specialises in problems from clinical depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies to issues of self esteem, belief in the self, career, food and habit disorders, relationship, grief, crisis and unresolved childhood issues. Amanda has a particular interest in helping people to gain the skills and understanding to make sustainable life changes. She is interested in work-life satisfaction and the meaning of life for individuals. Amanda combines techniques of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy and inner child therapies.

Psychologists and hypnotherapists follow strict ethical guidelines to protect the public. These are set out and supervised by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, The Australian Psychological Society and the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists, all of which Amanda is a member.



Registered Psychologist, 1998, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency 
Registered Organisational Psychologist, 2013

Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, 1997



PhD, Psychology, 2015, Macquarie University

Thesis: An Exploration of Employee Engagement in Medical Contexts http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/353781


Master of Organisational Psychology, 2001, Macquarie University

Thesis: To What Extent and in What Way Does the Management of Diversity Influence Sucessful Organisational Change?


Postgraduate Diploma of Psycholgy, 1997, Macquarie University

Thesis: Motivating Employees in an Environment of Constant Change


Graduate Diploma of Social Sciences, 1996, University of New England


Bachelor of Arts, Honours, Social Anthropology, 1986, University of Sydney  


Other Training

Certificate of Workplace Development, 1997, Monash Mount Eliza Business School

Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy, 1996, NSW School of Hypnotic Sciences

Counselling Skills and Techniques, 1993, NSW Cancer Council


Professional Affiliations

Australian Psychological Society, Member, 1998 - present

College of Organisational Psychologists, Fellow, 2015 - present

American Psychological Association, Member, 2000 - present

Australian Society Clinical Hypnotherapists, Professional Member, 1997 - present

Australian Society of Authors, Member, 2001 - present


Academic Papers Presented and Published


Society of Australasian Social Psychology - Annual Conference Manly, Sydney, April 14-17, 2011. 'Does Clinician Engagement Differ From Business Engagement?'


8th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (IOP), 25 -28 June 2009.
Australian Psychological Society, Sydney. 'How does Engagement work in clinical contexts?'


7th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference (IOP) / 1st Asia Pacific Congress on Work and Organisational Psychology (APCWOP), 28 June-1 July 2007. 'Employee Engagement': What is it, and how does it work in business and medical contexts?

Annual Industrial/ Organisational Psychology Conference. Australian Psychological Society
‘Employee Engagement’: Does it exist, and if so, how does it relate to performance and other job constructs such as commitment?
1-3 July 2005.


Psychology of Relationships Interest Group, Australian Psychological Society,
Annual conference: Relationship Transitions, 13-14 November 2004.
Theoretical frameworks for relationship transitions and the predictors of successful transitions


Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists Annual conference: Promoting Change for Tomorrow’s Society
18-19 September 2004, Key Note Address: Working with couples using hypnotherapy

Ask Amanda

How do I know if I have clinical depression?
How do I recognise if a member of my family is being bullied?
How long does it take to recover from traumatic events?