Areas of practice
- Addictions - Relationship
- Divorce and/or Separation
- Intimacy Issues
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Trauma Counselling
- Body Centred Psychotherapy
- Imago Relationship Therapy
- Internal Family Systems
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Marriage & Couples Counselling
- ONLINE / VIRTUAL / TELEHEALTH COUNSELLING
- Sex Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Video Counselling
Counselling practice website:www.resolutioncounselling.ca
For over twenty years, Sara has helped people grow through turbulent times in their lives so that they can reclaim their full vitality and live the life they were born to live. She strives to connect with people's innate drive to thrive, and to provide optimum conditions for personal advancement. Her work is inclusive.
When life's challenges exceed current coping abilities, Sara offers the counsellor advantage by providing developmental assists, resources, and an emotional environment conducive to growth and healing. Drawing on comprehensive clinical experience, she collaborates with each person/couple to identify the core issue, and then provides information, practical exercises, community resources, referrals, advocacy, developmental theory, and perhaps most importantly, whole-hearted listening. She works with a variety of issues that hold people back from realizing their full potential, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, lack of assertiveness and self-esteem, codependent relationships, stalled or compulsive sexuality. She works extensively with mid-life issues of meaning making, and remaining vital in the second and third chapters. This includes exploration of deep intimacy and sexuality throughout the lifespan. She subscribes to a strength-based, solution-focused model designed to elicit resiliency and reconnection.
At the root of all her work is the understanding that it's really demanding to be a human being, that we all suffer from time to time, and that learning to befriend ourselves through the hard times and nurturing our spirit brings back deep fulfillment and meaning. Her solid base in Interpersonal Neurobiology allows her to establish deep empathy and limbic resonance with those she works with so that they feel less alienated and can begin to attain secure attachment within themselves, with others, and with their world. A sense of belonging is essential to human health.
- Currently certifying as a Forest Bathing Guide, and providing Walk and Talk Therapy in Stanley Park (in person)
- Certified Relational Life Therapist (Terrence Real)
- Intimacy Education Certificate
- Guelph University Intensive Sex Therapy Certification
- Trauma Counselling and Clinical Intervention certificate from the Justice Institute.
- Advanced Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
- Advanced EMDR training (Level II and specialized courses)
- Level 2 of the Developmental Model of Couples Counselling with the Couples Institute in California.
WALK AND TALK OUTDOOR THERAPY (Stanley Park): Please see my website for more informaition. Suffice to say, many folks benefit enormously from "Green" therapy, where the needs for moving, sharing, connecting, and being held by mother nature and a skilled therapist can all be met at the same time. This practise is igniting the world over; register for a session and see if you prefer it over videocounselling or sitting in an office.
INTENSIVE SESSIONS FOR COUPLES: In addition to the regular 50 or 100 minute formats for Couples Counselling, Sara also offers Intensives. An Intensive is a minimum of 150 minutes and can often be a whole day, or parts of several days. It presents a powerful opportunity for partners to devote their undivided attention to strengthening their alliance for an extended period, thus stepping into a new level of collaboration. Guided by Sara, an expert relationship champion, they join in a deep excavation of the patterns of conflict and enmeshment that have kept them stuck over the years, and begin taking strategic steps to transform their relationship.
Intensives also work well for:
- Sudden ruptures to the bond, such as infidelity
- Addiction relapse or any other life event that destabilizes the partnership.
- Rebooting the deep erotic within and between partners
- For those in rural locations where competent couples counselling is not available
- FOREST THERAPY: Currently certifying with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT).
- EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for trauma (2004)
- Relational Life Therapist: Relational Life Institute (2015)
Client fee individuals:$140/50 minutes (includes GST)
Client fee couples/families:$300/100 minutes (Includes GST)