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 qualified counsellor with an MA in Clinical Counselling (Distinction) from the University of Chester, a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (CPCAB) and a Certificate in Online Counselling (CPCAB). My work is informed by my training in person-centered therapy and CBT.
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 adults of different ages, genders and cultures.
I have experience of working: anxiety, depression, work-related stress, infertility and pregnancy loss, bereavement, relationship breakdown, low self-esteem, identity, bullying and abuse.
In addition, I have undertaken specialised training in infertility, pregnancy and infant loss. If you would like to read more about this please click on additional training.
In addition to working in private practice, I am also a part-time lecturer on the MA in Clinical Counselling at the University of Chester.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work to their ethical framework.
Before training as a counsellor, I worked as a researcher and lecturer for over fifteen years. I have a doctorate in social sciences.