People have described Sara as, "empathetic, kind and dependable."
Several years of experience working within the public health sector serving patients around their mental health needs
Experience working as a therapist in a private practice in Toronto
Trained and experienced in providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapy
Master of Social Work from Toronto Metropolitan University
Registered with the Alberta College of Social Work and the Ontario College of Social Work and Social Service Workers - can support clients residing in both Alberta and Ontario
Approximately 7 years of experience supporting folks with their mental health and substance abuse concerns and providing crisis intervention.
"You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." — Buddha"
My Counselling Journey:
My counselling journey began as a youth growing up in Saskatchewan where I became fascinated with how humans function, make choices and create changes. My family supported this curiosity with human behaviour, but I craved more knowledge and left my small town in search of more.
Currently, I hold an MSW from Toronto Metropolitan University, a BSW from the University of Regina, and a BA in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan, so I know my way around some Canadian universities!
Graduating with my BSW in 2018, I quickly began working in the mental health field of social work where I discovered a passion for helping others confront barriers and heal trauma. I have extensive experience working with clients around ways to manage their anxiety, depression, life transition and relationship issues. As well, I have many years of experience working with a diverse population of people from different backgrounds, ages, and life experiences with a focus on mental health, justice, and addictions in community, judicial and hospital settings.
When not working I enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephew, hiking in the mountains and spending time my micro-American bulldog, Rex (see cute picture below!).
As a client-centred therapist, I believe you are the captain of your ship! I offer a client-centred experience allowing you to be the director of your therapeutic journey while guiding you to meet your goals using a combination of modalities. By using a blend of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness, I hope to create a therapeutic experience that will truly meet you where you are at in your journey and help you move forward.
Together we can engage in goal-directed therapy that allows you to see results quickly while still digging deeper to address root causes. I enjoy working with individuals and groups using skill-building techniques to support adolescents and adults navigate through life events.
Some of my Specialities:
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) - an empirically supported treatment for depression and anxiety
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Interfamily Systems (IFS)
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
Comment on Diversity and Inclusion:
I believe strongly that each client comes to the counselling space with their own unique story of fighting through some kind of adversity. In my experience working in the public sectors in both Calgary and Ontario positions, I have fought for equal treatment for marginalised populations. As a Social Worker, I believe it is my responsibility to advocate for equal care for all people and create a positive and inclusive space to meet you in the counselling room.