Dr. Amanda Oswalt Visher

Director of Psychological Services
Hong Kong Psychological Society Registered Psychologist 

American Psychological Association Member
Psy.D. (USA), M.Sc. (UK), B.A. (USA), B.F.A. (USA)

Dr. Amanda Oswalt Visher is the Director of Psychological Services. Her clinical team provides child, adolescent, individual, couples and family therapy in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

She also conducts Psychoeducational and Autism Assessments. In addition, her team also hosts a number of after school and weekend camps for kids.

Amanda has been working in the field of child development for over 20 years. Prior to her role at SPOT, she has also worked at:

  • New York University Child Study Center
  • Columbia University
  • Juvenile Hall
  • American Foster Care
  • Red Cross 9/11 Relief
  • Beth Israel Medical Center 
  • Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital

Amanda approaches every therapy session and assessment with each clients' strengths and needs in mind. She strives to make a positive difference in families and to help them overcome roadblocks and challenges that have surfaced. Amanda believes that parents are the experts when it comes to their child and that her role is to support them and work as a team with caregivers, teachers, and parents in order to understand and bring out the best in each individual. She takes a solutions oriented approach and seeks to help clients achieve tangible goals and positive life changes. 

Before she became a psychologist, she was an early intervention specialist and preschool teacher. Thus, she very much values the school's role in a child's life and understands the classroom dynamic. She aims to support teachers and administrators in empowering them with tools and tricks to help make classrooms more fun for all.

Other interesting facts: 

  • Amanda is originally from the United States (Florida, California and New York City)
  • She has lived all over the US and UK and has been in Hong Kong for 10 years. 
  • She and her family of 4 are happy to be expats and enjoy traveling and adventures. 
  • She has a BFA in Theatre and was a Disney performer before her career in psychology. 
  • She was once a live-in nanny for Madonna and Brooke Shields

Recent Appearance in the News:

Radio:
RTHK: Childhood Bullying

Interviews:
South China Morning Post: Hong Kong-based third culture children face stresses and strains of being on the move
South China Morning Post: The Problem with Peer Pressure
Playtimes Magazine: April Fools

Books:
Book: Bridging the Gap Between Our World and Theirs: How to Communicate With Your Autistic Child

Television:
An interview with Healthcare Professionals
Parenting 2 – 5 year old Children

Web: LinkedIn

To schedule an appointment, please contact reception.

 
  • Amanda

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When we were looking for a speech therapist in Hong Kong, we were seeking someone with detailed skills based on what we felt our son needed. Carrie has exceeded our expectations with her knowledge, her skills in interacting with our son, and how she communicates with us (the parents). We have seen excellent progress and feel her approach is very honest, knowledgeable, and fun!

Shea Stanley