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Sarah Mittelsteadt

She/her

Meet sarah

Hello there! 

 

I am a Provisionally Registered Psychologist whose approach is founded on authenticity, kindness, laughter, and individual growth. My goal for therapy is to work collaboratively with you and meet you wherever you are, in order to assist you in moving towards your  goals. I believe that therapy is an individual process that requires an individualized approach, which is why I compile all my therapeutic approaches into one tailored to YOU approach that will best meet your individual needs, goals, and personality. 

 

I specialize in working with first responders, couples, and individuals (ages 10+). Most often I work with clients who have experienced traumatic events; have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); are experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, burnout, conflict in relationships, sexual dysfunction, difficulties with boundaries, suicidal ideation; or want to explore self-identity, sexuality, or emotional regulation strategies. 

 

My therapeutic approach is tailored to each individual and their needs, but my foundational approach often utilizes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Strength Based Approaches, and Emotion Focused Therapy among other approaches. I am trained in Eye Motion Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Sex Therapy Informed Approaches (Poly and Kink friendly), Trauma Informed Approaches, and I have successfully completed Level 1 and 2 of the Gottman Method for Couples.  

I’ve always had a passion for working with First Responders. The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) became part of my childhood and many say that I “grew up within the Edmonton Police Service”, as I spent most of my time between hockey practices and camps with my dad at the various divisions around the city. However, my drive for working with EPS members was solidified after my dad sustained a complex mental health injury on the job and I recognized the need for mental health providers who have personal experience within the culture of EPS, that individual’s feel that they can trust, and be understood. From there I completed my Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. While completing my Master’s I worked alongside EPS members in the Youth Support Branch, and inevitably joined the Youth Diversion and Intervention Unit as a civilian navigator. In this role I worked amongst a squad of sworn members in the Missing Youth Portfolio, in which we located high-risk missing youth and connected them to community resources. This position provided me with a better perspective and understanding of the roles and pressures of not only patrol members, but also members within specialized units. My goal is to use my personal and professional experience to support the next generation of first responders, their spouses, and their families. 

 

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My supervisor:

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Kristi Landry
Registered Psychologist

Coming summer 2024:

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Soup
Therapy Dog in Training

In addition to my experience with first responders, I have also spent time supporting high-risk youth in the restorative justice system and have worked with youth with “in-care” status. I am passionate about working with individuals from all walks of life and supporting each individual to achieve their therapeutic goals. My approach is focused on the development of skills to promote emotional regulation and self understanding. 

 

Within a typical session you can expect some humour, a light-hearted approach, and some (light) swearing if that’s your jam. You can expect my approach to be fundamentally relational, empathetic, kind, and warm. My goal is to help you feel safe and understood as we walk through your journey together.
 

I look forward to working alongside you! 

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:

Run a marathon or travel to Rio. 

My top 3 values:

Honesty

Kindness

Authenticity

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 (Yeti, Soup, Crockpot and Meatloaf) and binge a Netflix series (huge the office, true crime, horror, and reality dating fan). 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

My Work

Populations I Work With
  • Adults of all ages

  • Children age 10 and up

  • First Responders and front-line workers

  • Veterans

  • Couples

Areas of Practice
  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Anger management

  • Trauma/PTSD

  • Stress and burnout

  • Relationships

  • Conflicts

  • Addictions

  • Identity Issues

  • Sex and Intimacy

My Therapeutic Modalities
  • CBT

  • Solution Focused

  • Psychodynamic

  • Gottman

  • Eclectic: I draw from multiple approaches to find interventions which suit my clients
    best

  • Sex Therapy informed

  • EMDR Therapy

Free phone consult

We understand that the right fit is important.

Contact us to schedule your free 20 minute phone consult

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