Dr Amanda Oswalt Visher

    Director of Psychological Services
    Clinical Psychologist

    Doctor of Psychology (USA)
    Master of Science (UK)
    Bachelor of Arts (USA)
    Bachelor of Fine Arts (USA)
    American Psychological Association Member
    Hong Kong Psychological Society Registered Psychologist

    Dr. Amanda Oswalt Visher is the Director of Psychological Services at SPOT. Her clinical team provides child, adolescent, individual, couples and family therapy, in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. She also conducts Psychoeducational and Autism Assessments, and hosts a number of after school and weekend groups for children.

    Amanda has been working in the field of child development for over 20 years. Prior to SPOT, she has 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, Amanda 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.

    Personal information:

    • Amanda is originally from the United States (Florida, California and New York)
    • 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

     

    Media

    Radio Interviews
    RTHK: Childhood Bullying

    Newspaper/Magazine 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 Interviews
    An interview with Healthcare Professionals
    Parenting 2 – 5 year old Children

    Web
    LinkedIn