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Hello! My name is Sarah, and I was born and raised in Sherwood Park, Alberta! Growing up I was involved in many team sports including ringette, hockey, and dance. I have always enjoyed being active and working with others. I love all animals and have three pets of my own, a dog named Yeti and two cats named Crockpot and Meatloaf. I enjoy weightlifting, binge-watching Netflix series or reality TV, horror movies, and everything True Crime. I am
also a huge “Office” fan, my favourite quote is “I am Beyonce always” but a close second is “I am running away from my responsibilities, and it feels good”.
My interest in psychology began in junior high when I had the option to take psychology-based courses and I instantly fell in love. As a youth I was always a helper and I enjoyed seeking out opportunities that would allow me to work with individual’s and provide them support. Once I finished my bachelor’s degree in psychology, I began working at a group home for at risk youth and eventually became a high-risk youth worker. Within the last two
years I joined the Edmonton Police Service in working with high-risk youth who are involved in the criminal justice system. My experience working with high-risk youth has allowed me
to work with individuals from all walks of life and I developed a trauma informed, non- judgemental, empathetic, and person-centered approach to counselling.
The greatest piece of advice I've received:
The greatest piece of advice that I ever received was a quote by someone named Jim Kwick. He said “On the days that you have only 40% and you give 40%. You gave 100%”.
Something on my bucket list:
I would love to go sky diving, I am a (cautious) thrill seeker at heart. I also would love to see everything from the view of a bird…. Might be cool.
My top 3 values:
If I was an animal I'd be...
If I was an animal, I would be a house cat, because they get to lounge around, play and eat treats. If I was a cat I could rule the house, get pets, and be adored all day every day.
I have a day totally to myself, with no obligations. Where would you find me?
Realistically, I would probably sleep in, go to the gym, and then go back to bed with my pets and binge a Netflix series. Nothing beats some cozy blankets and a good show on a lazy day.
Besides my work, a special skill of mine:
I have (almost) supersonic hearing. I can hear everything.
My Myers-Briggs personality type:
ESFJ: The Consul
I have always been passionate about working with and supporting
first responders. However, as my dad experienced work-related PTSD
the need for supports became increasingly evident. My goal is to assist
other first responders to ensure they have the tools
and support to navigate these experiences. As well, growing up within
and now working with EPS has better allowed me to understand the
diverse culture and familial experience cultivated within the workplace.
My goal is to create a safe, therapeutic space for individuals to be
unapologetically themselves, heal, and share without a filter.
In addition to my passion for working with first responder’s I am equally passionate about working with individuals from all walks of life and supporting them to achieve their therapeutic goals. My experience working with high-risk youth and their families has allowed me to support many individuals experiencing trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, dissociation, addictions, and FASD. My approach focuses on developing coping skills to promote emotional regulation.
I am currently completing my practicum through Yorkville University in their Master of Arts Counselling Psychology Program. I am naturally drawn to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focused techniques; however, I tailor my approach to your individual needs and personality.
Beginning your journey with therapy can be a big step and choosing a therapist can be difficult, but I wholeheartedly believe in meeting every individual where they are at. I am ready to walk alongside you through this journey and I promise to provide my most authentic self as we work through this together. Within a typical session you can expect some humour and a light-hearted approach. I will follow your lead and work with you to achieve your therapeutic goals.
I look forward to working alongside you!
Populations I Work With
Adults of all ages
Children age 12 and up
First Responders and front-line workers
Areas of Practice
Stress and burnout
My Therapeutic Modalities
Eclectic: I draw from multiple approaches to find interventions which suit my clients