Sarah is currently not accepting new clients, but if you feel like her approach is a good match for you, we encourage you to book an appointment with the practicum student that Sarah is supervising. Our practicum student Rachel Keyzer’s bio can be found here.
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.