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Sue Diewert is a Registered Clinical Counsellor , Certified Play Therapist and School Counsellor working in Courtenay, BC.
If you are looking for support or want to speak with a professional, regarding challenges your child is experiencing, I may be able to assist you. If you are wondering about counselling options -play therapy may be the answer. Play Therapy gives children an opportunity to be listened to and nurtured just for being who they are. It is helpful for children who have experienced difficulties, losses or traumas in their young lives. Sometimes children may be showing behaviors that indicate they are struggling, but the reasons are unclear.
Through Play Therapy, a child’s natural ability to deal with difficult feelings is accessed. This playful journey also bolsters the child’s sense of themselves as a capable person. By taking place in the safety of a space that is equipped and designed truly for them, the child feels important and valued. The therapist and parent(s) act as witnesses and guides during the healing process and family connections are strengthened. The therapist, parents and children working together enables families to talk openly about their struggles and be better prepared to deal with future challenges in a supportive way.
In addition to using play therapy I also employ other creative and expressive mediums and self-awareness and self-soothing activities.
Assisting children involved in team sports, athletics and dance is a particular interest of mine. I have been involved in various sports all my life. As a professional figure skater I was a member of both Ice Capades in North America and Holiday On Ice in Europe. I have taught power skating in the past and currently play recreational women’s hockey.
I am a committed member of the BC Play Therapy Association and support their efforts by attending educational workshops in Vancouver and volunteering to organize educational events on Vancouver Island.