Dr Diana Sands

Diana Sands, PhD, is Director, of the Bereaved by Suicide Centre for Intense Grief, and a postvention and prevention clinician, researcher and educator. Diana provides counselling following sudden, violent and traumatic death, and in particular individual, couple and family counselling and group programs, for those who have lost a loved one through suicide. Her counselling and group programs draw on a range of theoretical perspectives including the Walking in the Shoes Model of suicide bereavement developed from her research, narrative and family systems theory, and expressive artwork. She is a Clinical Member of the Psychotherapy and Counseling Federation of Australia, and past Deputy Chair of Postvention Australia, and Honorary Advisor to the Wings of Hope Charity. Diana has served on the NSW Executive Committee, National Association Loss and Grief, and PACFA Leadership Committee, and as the NSW representative with Suicide Prevention Australia. Diana is a Member of the International Work Group Death, Dying and Bereavement, and a recipient of the Vice-Chancellor Post Graduate Research Grant, Australian Government Research Scholarship. Diana has presented seminars and workshops in Australia and Internationally drawing on her clinical experience and research. She has published a number of peer-reviewed academic journal articles and book chapters and is the author of a book and digital resource, “Red Chocolate Elephants: For Children Bereaved by Suicide”.