Amanda Long (known as Mandy) is the founder of Exchange Consultancy having over 20 years’ experience providing coaching, lived experience peer support and pastoral care services to individuals, families and small groups. Her passion is to see people live free from whatever holds them back from pursuing their dreams.
Mandy holds fast to the belief that deciphering personal truth from truth and learning to love yourself well has a promising flow on effect to those around you. She is a self-confessed seeker of truth, understanding that leaning into pain where necessary brings both healing and peace.
Over the span of her career, Mandy found many clients had common stories - repeated negative thought patterns, loss of hope, unknown/unresolved grief and low self-esteem. This ultimately can lead to unhealthy addictive behaviours and fractured relationships. These topics and more, as well as practical strategy applications are addressed in her first book published in 2019 – Translucent War. This work is purposely written in the third person to allow readers to identify with their own behaviours and habit patterns – same but different. As one reader review stated, "the purchase of this book for me was a cheap alternative to therapy".
Mandy and her husband Peter, reside in Cairns, enjoying family time with their 3 adult children, spouses and grandchildren.
She values the simple things in life - good friendships, reading, fresh air and black coffee.