Areas of practice
- Attention Deficit Disorder - ADHD
- Bullying - School
- Child Behaviour
- Child Stress and Trauma
- Grief and Loss - General
- Grief and Loss - Pets
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Child Centred Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Expressive Arts Therapies
- Family Systems
- Mindfulness approaches
- Narrative Therapy
- Play Therapy
Sue Diewert is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, BC Registered Play Therapist, Jungian Sandplay Therapist in training and School Counsellor working in Courtenay, BC.
If you are looking for support or want to speak with a counsellor, 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 various difficulties, losses or traumas in their young lives. Sometimes children may be showing behaviors that indicate they are struggling and 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 which enhance a client's self-awareness and their own self-soothing abilities. During the past few years an interest in Stephen Porges Polyvagal theory and Deb Dana's application of the theory into therapy has been woven into my work.
I am currently a Jungian Sandplay Therapist in training. I receive regular monthly supervision with Barbara Dalziel an ISST member of the Canadian Association of Sandplay.
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 regularly attend their educational workshops.