Dr Diana Sands

Director of the Bereaved by Suicide Centre for Intense Grief

Dr. Diana Sands is the Director of the Bereaved by Suicide Centre for Intense Grief. For over two decades, Dr. Sands has provided counselling for loss and grief following sudden, violent and traumatic death and in particular individual, couple and family counselling for those who have lost a loved one through suicide.

Dr. Sands is an experienced family and narrative therapist who draws on a range of counselling modalities and expressive artwork in supporting those bereaved. The counselling practice and unique mutual-help therapeutic, psycho-educational group programmes for those bereaved by suicide are based on her research in suicide grief and the ‘Tripartite Walking in the shoes Model of Suicide Bereavement’. The group programme provide a space for a community of grievers to meet, gain support, resilience, and understanding with others who are also bereaved as they rebuild their life.

Dr. Sands is active in working on committees and conferences that educate and increase awareness about loss and grief issues and provides ‘understanding loss and grief’ seminars, community talks, and training workshops for professionals in Australia and Internationally.