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Amanda Bender-Francois,
Lead Therapist 
Founder - ASB Psychotherapy


Amanda Bender-Francois is a Registered Psychotherapist (since 2017) with over 15 years of clinical experience working with Children, Youth and Families in the Mental Health Sector.

In recent years as Amanda focused on founding ASB Psychotherapy she invested time into her clinical growth in supporting individual adults in their journey through psychotherapeutic interventions.

Some of her proudest professional accomplishments include having the opportunity to be a dedicated ASIST

(Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) facilitator and a trained Adoption Competent Therapist.

Amanda has grown and developed enhanced skills over the past seven years as a faculty member at St. Lawrence College. 

When not working Amanda loves spending time with her family especially exploring and travelling the world. 

*Due to other professional commitments, Amanda is currently unable to provide therapy to any child or youth under the

age of 18 residing within the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.* 

Area's of passion include: 




Attachment Focused Therapy  



Family Systems 







Therapeutic Modalities/ Trainings completed include but not limited to the following... 


ADHD: Through the Lifespan


Adoption and Permanency Curriculum (ACT) 

​Adoption - The Power of Showing UP 

Addressing Suicide Prevention, Intervention & Postvention in Schools 

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills ( ASIST) Trainer 

Attachment- Based Developmental Approach : Neufeld Institute 


The Attachment Puzzle 

Intensive 1: Making Sense of Kids 

Intensive 2: The Separation Complex 

Relationship Matters 

Making Sense of Aggression 

Making Sense of Anxiety 

Making Sense of Counterwill 

Alpha Children

Cultivating the Right Relationship 

Harnessing the Power of Attachment 


Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) 

CBT- Trauma Focused (TF-CBT)   


Collaboration & Problem Solving (Dr. Ross Greene) (CPS) 

Collaborative Problem Solving - The Explosive Child (Dr. Ross Greene) 


Cyber Counselling Training: Virtual Care Training Part 1 & 2 

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy - DDP Level 1  (Dr. Sian Phillips)  


Engaging Clients During Teletherapy 

Ethical Practice Issues 

Feedback Informed Therapy (FIT) 

Grief & Narrative Disruption; Lessons of Loss (Dr. Robert Neimeyer) 

Grief Therapy & the Reconstruction of Meaning (Dr. Robert Neimeyer)

LEGO Based Play Therapy Techniques- Implementing LEGO Based Play Therapy Online            

LEGO Based- Play Therapy Techniques - Introspective                                            

LEGO Based- Play Therapy Techniques - It's All Focused 

Intergenerational Trauma Treatment  (ITTM)     

Motivational Interviewing & Coaching Skills for Health Professionals  


​Narrative Therapy with Karen Young        


Nonviolent Crisis Intervention         


Safe & Sound Protocol (SSP) 


SafeGuard Trainings:         

Attachment & The Brain

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Tools 

CBT: Treating Children & Adolescents with Depression 

How to Understand & Manage ADHD 

Social Ecology of Resilience (Dr. Michael Ungar) 

Strength Based Therapy     

Transforming Compassion Fatigue - Key Strategies for Helping Professionals     


​Triple P Positive Parenting: 

Primary Care 

Family Transitions 


Pathways and Enhanced                                                                  



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