We all need help at times to overcome barriers that hold us back from living fulfilling lives. Sarah believes in working collaboratively with clients to identify their strengths, cope with challenges, and support their true values. Sarah focuses on developing a safe and open therapeutic relationship in order to promote healing, change, growth, and self-acceptance. Sarah uses intersectional feminist principles to empower clients by recognizing larger oppresive systems impacting their lives.
Sarah (she/hers) is Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with an MA in Counselling Psychology. As part of her education, Sarah completed a Master’s Thesis exploring the inequity queer women face in accessing safe and approriate sexual healthcare. Sarah has lived experience in the queer community and she is passionate about supporting LGBTQI2S+ individuals.
Sarah has additional training and education in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, Indigenous ways of knowing, and working with LGBTQI2S+ communities. Sarah’s previous experience includes working at the YMCA of Greater Vancouver as the Manager of Mental Wellness Programs where she oversaw and supported the delivery and provincial expansion of Y Mind, an accessible and early-intervention program for teens and young adults experiencing mild-moderate symptoms of anxiety. This work included partnering and liaising with various sectors including government, education, nonprofit and healthcare. Sarah gratefully accepted Indigenous leadership in collaboration with Indigenous communities across BC to deliver the program in culturally safe and inclusive ways.
Sarah uses multiple therapeutic tools and approaches when working with clients and she always brings in herself as a fellow human who’s lived through numerous challenges. Sarah has experience working with diverse populations in both individual and group counselling settings.
Aside from individual counselling, Sarah provides consultation and supervision both internally at Peak Resilience and externally. Sarah’s experience includes supervising counsellors and facilitators of the Y Mind program through curriculum training, program intake and delivery, and evaluation.
In addition to her role as a counsellor, Sarah is a mother, partner, daughter, sister, friend, community member, and an uninvited settler on the stolen territory of the Coast Salish peoples.
Anxiety & Stress
Depression & Low Mood
Life Changes & Transitions
Sexual Identity & Gender Expression
Trauma & Complex Trauma
Relationship Issues & Communication
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Intersectional Feminist Therapy
What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?
I was lucky enough to have counselling normalized in my family from a young age. I went to counselling on and off, both individually and with different family members, throughout my childhood, teen years, and early twenties. I remember worrying when I was younger about whether or not I could be a counsellor when I needed counselling myself - I had internalized the belief that in order to be a counsellor you essentially couldn't have any problems - I now know how untrue this is! Counsellors also happen to be humans :-)
What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?
I am so inspired by my clients! I am reminded constantly of how much work counselling is and I am truly in awe of the dedication and courage clients have in their efforts to learn, cope, heal, succeed, process, accept, confront, challenge... I could go on and on!
What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?
Hmm what to pick for this... I'll go with the roller-coaster ride of my sexual identity. Growing up I considered myself to be heterosexual and to be honest I didn't give my sexuality much thought, I had boyfriends and sometimes felt attracted to girls. In university I started having more than friend feelings for another girl and had my first same-sex relationship. This led to a couple of years of having two separate lives - my university life where I was "out" and my home life where I was still very much in the closet. Through the help of therapy I navigated the coming out process to my family and friends and then a few years later after my initial same-sex relationship ended, I met my now partner - a guy. Embarking on a heterosexual relationship after a long-term same-sex relationship had it's own challenges but I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by understanding and open-minded family and friends and of course my partner!
What have you learned from your work?
That we connect through vulnerability and there's a lot of vulnerability in counselling, not only for clients but I also try to be vulnerable so that I can form close and trustworthy relationships with my clients.