The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance...provides illumination and healing. In such situations deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another. 
 
Carl R. Rogers

Dr Amanda Sives (MBACP)

I am a person-centred counsellor with an MA in Clinical Counselling (Distinction) from the University of Chester. I have worked in a variety of locations including Jigsaw Counselling in Widnes, John Moores University, Liverpool Hope University Counselling Service, West Cheshire College and medical centres on the Wirral. I have worked with people of different ages, genders and cultures.
 
I have worked with clients who have experienced: anxiety, depression, work-related stress, infertility and pregnancy loss, bereavement, relationship breakdown, low self-esteem, identity, childhood trauma and abuse.
 
I am trained in the person-centred approach: if you would like to read more about this you can do so at the following link : person-centred therapy I am currently enrolled on a diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Since I completed my Masters, I have undertaken the following short training courses:
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (September 2014)
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (June 2015)
  • Why me? Insights into Infertility Workshop (November 2015)
  • BICA Foundation course in Infertility Counselling (June 2016)
  • Certificate in Online Counselling (July 2016).
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work to their ethical framework. I am also a member of the British Infertility Counselling Association. 
 
I have researched and written about pregnancy loss and involuntary childlessness. There is an article in the Journal of Fertility Counselling (2015) and a book chapter, 'I am losing my last chance at motherhood': an exploration of delayed childbirth, pregnancy loss and involuntary childlessness' in 'Researching less-explored issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy' (2016). In addition, an article entitled 'Mourning Involuntary Childlessness' was published in the BACP journal Therapy Today, May 2016. 

Before training as a counsellor, I worked as a researcher and lecturer for over fifteen years. I have a doctorate in social sciences.
Dr Amanda Sives
 
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Safe Haven Counselling Wirral | 80 Barnston Road, Thingwall CH61 7XW  | Phone: 07927 443916 | amanda@safehavencounselling.org.uk