IT’S OUR GOAL TO CREATE A COMFORTABLE, SAFE ENVIRONMENT, WHERE WE’LL WORK COLLABORATIVELY TO ACHIEVE YOUR THERAPUTIC GOALS.
Relationship stress can be difficult to manage on your own. You may be confused about what are normal challenges within a relationship and what is excessive. You may be overthinking, shutting down instead of communicating, and pushing your relationship away. A psychologist can help you navigate what is and isn’t normal relationship stress, and provide you with healthy communication and self-care strategies.
Depression can be overwhelming and constant for some people. Depression affects a large portion of the population and often stems from a triggering event such as childhood trauma, separation or divorce, illness, job loss, or the loss of a loved one. While the degree of depression varies from person to person, it is important for those experiencing depression to seek help. A psychologist can provide tailored support and counselling to help you overcome the challenges faced while experiencing depressive symptoms, improving your quality of life and lifting your mood.
A small amount of stress is normal, however for some people stress can become emotionally, mentally or physically draining, causing significant impact on their emotional wellbeing. A psychologist can help manage the symptoms of stress (e.g., tension, sleeping difficulties, guilt or unhappiness) and provide you with coping strategies and guidance to manage the many challenges you may face.
Struggling to manage distressing thoughts and feelings after a traumatic experience can be very isolating. Often we can feel anger, sadness, have intrusive thoughts and engage in self-destructive behaviours, such as excessive drinking to manage symptoms. A psychologist can help you process your trauma by using trauma-informed approaches and strategies.
Although certain change can be beneficial, adjusting to change, whether positive or negative, can cause significant distress. A psychologist can help by identifying the stressor, providing support and strategies to build resilience, and mange symptoms of anxiety and depression associated with the change. Improving mood and motivation, reduce stress and influence personal growth.
Although anxiety is a common response to a variety of situations, it can become a debilitating experience, negatively impacting quality of life for some individuals. You may start to feel consistently uneasy, be unable to relax or enjoy activities you once did. Your concentration may start to decline, and you may be worried excessively about everything. A psychologist can help you manage the symptoms of anxiety and provide you with tools and strategies to tame your excessive worry and re-engage in those previously enjoyed activities.
Regular engagement in addictive behaviours can lead to alterations in brain chemistry. Addiction includes alcohol, drugs, prescription medications, gambling, pornography, and food. Some people may experience some adverse consequences as a result of addiction and excessive alcohol use such as relationship problems, increased anxiety and depression, financial difficulties, a decline in physical health, legal issues, and increased stress. A psychologist can help you to understand the reasons for the behaviours, learn distress tolerance, provide you with tools and strategies to overcome addiction, and maintain reduced behaviours with relapse prevention.
Self-esteem is an important psychological resource and factor for success and life satisfaction. Healthy self-esteem is based on our ability to accurately see and accept ourselves unconditionally. Having low self-esteem is associated with feeling defeated or depressed, and can lead to unhealthy decision making, social isolation, and tolerating harmful relationships. A psychologist can help by providing support and strategies that increase feelings of worthiness, self-compassion and self-acceptance, leading to positive life choices and improved happiness.
Sarah uses a strength based therapeutic approach which is warm, client-centred and collaborative. She works closely with all clients to develop clear therapeutic goals which are regularly reviewed to ensure progress, making adjustments to the process as needed.
Sarah works with teens and adults using evidence-based frameworks to tailor her therapeutic approach to the individual needs of the client. She focuses on providing tools and skill building strategies to build and maintain positive mental health and resilience. Sarah incorporates a variety of Interventions including:
Sarah has an interest in working with adolescents and adults presenting with a range of diagnosis. Sarah has a particular interest in supporting Drug and Alcohol recovery, Trauma related presentations and helping individuals improve the quality of their lives.
Sarah’s job roles have included working as an addiction counsellor and case manager, working with clients and families experiencing dementia, and most recently holding a role working across the lifespan with a variety of presentations including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ASD, ADHD, interpersonal difficulties and DV.
Sarah holds a: