Creative Clinicians

Amanda Gordon and Erica Frydenberg are the Creative Clinicians who can assist you, your team, your workplace, or even your family, to manage transitions. As Creative Clinicians, Amanda and Erica run workshops, large-scale training, as well as support for Human Resource professionals.

Amanda and Erica use an integrated approach, tailoring the training to the particular audience. Psychology professionals could expect case evaluations and role plays, based on the theories.  Human resource professionals could expect to workshop and role play.  General audiences with a view to enhancing their own lives would work in small groups, do self-evaluations, and learn more about what psychology can do for their own wellbeing.

For over 20 years, Amanda Gordon and Erica Frydenberg have each been involved in training of both professionals and workplace teams.  They have been educators at university level, working across the graduate and the postgraduate sectors.

For many years Amanda Gordon has been involved in supporting paramedics and others in the NSW Ambulance Service.  In addition, she has rolled out training on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship  for all those working in the Immigration Detention space.

Amanda Gordon is a well-known speaker and has run sessions for many corporations, supporting staff through transitions and building teams.  She is engaging and entertaining, taking an integrative approach to the psychological evidence and providing information in plain language, in a manner that enhances understanding and retention of material.

Creative Clinicians is a bringing together of the exciting approaches of Amanda Gordon and Erica Frydenberg.  Two heads certainly are better than one – and in assisting people to cope with transitions, Erica and Amanda bring it all together.

Erica Frydenberg PhD

Erica Frydenberg is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and has served as an elected member of its Board 2007-2009, 2011-2014.

Erica is an educational, clinical and organisational psychologist who practiced extensively in the Australian educational setting as a Guidance Office in Victoria before joining the staff of the University of Melbourne in 1990, where she was responsible for the training program of school psychologists. She is an Associate Professor in psychology in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

She has authored and co-authored over 120 academic journal articles and chapters in the field of coping, developed (with Ramon Lewis) psychological instruments to measure coping, namely Adolescent Coping Scale and Coping Scale for Adults, developed programs to teach coping skills including The Best of Coping (Instructor and Teacher workbooks) (co-authored with Cathy Brandon) and a CD-Rom Coping for Success. In 2011, The Early Years Coping Cards were developed with Jan Deans. Both psychological tests and the Early Years Coping Cards have been published by the Australian Council for Educational Research. Her recent volumes, Adolescent Coping: Advances in Theory. Research and Practice were published in May 2008 by Routledge in the UK and Think Positively: A Course for Developing Coping Skills in Adolescents, published in UK by Continuum in 2010. Other recent publications include, The Australian Leadership Reader (with Helen Sykes) (2006) and Morton Deutsch: A Life and Legacy of Mediation and Conflict Resolution (2005 published by Australian Academic Press; also Thriving, Surviving or Going Under: Coping with Everyday Lives (2004) and Personality and Coping (2011) published by Information Age Publishing. She has co-authored the Schooling Issues Digest Motivation and Engagement, published by DEST in 2005 and the Australian entry in the four-volume Routledge (New York) Encyclopaedia on Adolescence published in 2006. The Adolescent Coping Scale-2 and Success and Dyslexia: Sessions for Coping in the Upper Primary Years in 2011 by Australian Council for Educational Research and Developing Children’s Coping in the Early Years by Continuum in London in January 2012.

Dr Frydenberg has received numerous Australian Research Council and philanthropic grants. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group Stress and Coping in Education. In 2003 she received the University of Melbourne Medal for Research Excellence Faculty of Education Award and in 2008 the University of Melbourne Knowledge Transfer Award.

Erica currently serves on the Boards of Oz Child (2010-), the Victorian Veteran Children’s Education Board (2003- ) and the Australian Psychological Society.


Amanda Gordon
BA (Hons Psyc) FAPS
Director of Practice & Senior Clinical Psychologist

Amanda Gordon
BA (Hons Psyc) FAPS
Director of Practice & Senior Clinical Psychologist

Amanda Gordon is well-known for her media work – including talk-back radio session on ABC’s “Nightlife” with Tony Delroy, her newspaper and magazine columns in the Daily Telegraph and Good Medicine, and for her guest appearances on TV. From 2004-2008 she was the President of the Australian Psychological Society the peak body representing over 16,000 psychologists nationally.

Amanda Gordon is one of Australia’s most successful practitioners, with over 25 years of private practice to her credit. Amanda has a special interest in helping people work on their relationships. Her book, Amanda Gordon Talks About Relationships, is testament to the wide experience she has in helping people work through crises that may develop at any stage of any relationship – ranging from making a commitment, to dealing with children, to coping with affairs, to retirement, to losing a loved one. She challenges people to become conscious livers of life – making real choices and enjoying the consequences of them.

Amanda is also experienced in helping people deal with the full range of life crises, including coping with grief and loss, dealing with stress from a particular crisis, and managing change. She works with individuals, couples and families, helping them enrich their lifestyle and their effectiveness in the world.

Amanda Gordon has a long history of training other professinals. Over the years she has lectured to Nursing Students at Queensland University of Technology, General Practitioners at the NSW Family Medicine Programme, Clinical Psychologists at both Sydney University and the University of NSW. Furthermore, Amanda presents workshops for the Sydney University Centre for Continuing Education on subjects such as parenting and grief.
She currently works with the NSW Ambulance Service assisting their workers to deal with loss and grief.

A dynamic public speaker, she is available to speak to your company or work team at conferences and retreats.