Self-Care Matters. Self-Talk Matters
Welcome to my clinical counselling practice web page. My name is Amanda Burns, and I am the owner of Self Matters Counselling. Whether you are new to counselling or are returning to therapy, I am glad you are here!
How we care for ourselves, talk to ourselves, and accept ourselves greatly impacts our self-esteem and resiliency. These things all matter and can affect your personal and professional relationships. You may be experiencing difficulties associated with life events and transitions, or challenging emotions. Counselling can serve to help you reach your goals by providing a fresh and objective perspective while supporting you in your journey.
My focus areas are working with adult individuals, health professionals and first responders. I also provide neurofeedback and consultation for other counsellors.
This site will help you learn a little more about me, my practice, the approaches I use, and the type of work I do.
In addition to being a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), I am also a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) and Registered Nurse (RN) with over 25 years experience working in the mental health field. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in the Science of Nursing (BSN), and a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology (MA).
Individual counselling is at the heart of my counselling practice. Part of the beauty of individual therapy is the fact private sessions allow for a more in-depth exploration of problems identified by you with an objective ear.
Often health professionals are avoidant of actively participating in self-care. There are not many professions similar to that of health professionals, which involve the everyday exposure to trauma, violence and suffering. I have observed and experienced this first hand.
Neurofeedback (also known as neurobiofeedback) is a type of biofeedback that uses real-time
displays of brain activity with EEG monitoring, to support the brain to self-regulate. This is done by
mirroring back brain functions and rewarding shifts towards a more functional and stable brain state.
My extensive experience working in acute psychiatry, and community mental health allows me to share, support and inform the counselling service community to which I belong. I believe it is important for mental health practitioners to have an understanding of what clinical consultation includes and how it can enrich your practice.