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, bullying and abuse.
My work is informed by my master's training 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. In addition, I have 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.