Sarah Lally

RCC #22273

Sarah Lally is currently accepting new clients.

Hi, I’m Sarah (she/her). I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) holding a Master’s degree in Counselling from City University and I am registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. 

Originally from the scenic west coast of Galway, Ireland, I am a first generation immigrant who has called Vancouver home for the past 8 years. My personal journey has provided me with firsthand insights into the complexities of immigration including the challenges of loneliness, identity struggles, and loss. Additionally, within my family of origin, I have confronted the impacts of intergenerational trauma in post-colonial Ireland. 

Over the last decade my professional endeavours have spanned various non-profit organizations offering support to both children and adults. My experiences have taken me across the globe with roles in Australia, New Zealand, England, and Ireland. Primarily I have supported adults with backgrounds of incarceration, homelessness, mental health and substance use. Working with communities affected by historical and present day trauma has significantly influenced my counselling approach. 

I adopt a relational developmental framework to counselling, applying a trauma informed and anti-oppressive lens. My focus is on creating a warm, secure and trusting environment where you feel supported and seen. My instinct is to be curious about the impact of family, culture, community, religion, institutions and social norms on our development and relationships to ourselves, others and the world around us. The impact of these systems can be deep seated, like the roots of a tree. I am a warm, genuine, compassionate, curious and non-judgemental person. I love to laugh, I truly believe in the power of humour to connect us and lighten the shadows. 

Beyond my counselling practice, I engage in a diverse range of interests including running, hiking, biking, reading, cooking, talking to my plants, camping, immersing myself in music, singing to whoever will listen, savouring chocolate, and exploring new curly hair products. 

Sarah offers accessible counselling.

Sarah’s informed consent form can be found here.

Sarah is registered with the Crime Victim’s Assistance Program (CVAP).

What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?

My favourite thing about working closely with people every day is witnessing the profound strength and resilience inherent in each person. I find immense joy in listening to the life stories of others, discovering their strengths and motivation to persevere through times of extraordinary hardship and oppression. It’s fascinating to observe the transformative and healing power of human connection.

What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?

I was an average student for most of my academic life. My wild personality and struggle to sit still in school often resulted in detention. Despite lacking the grades required for the undergraduate program I aspired to join, I dedicated 1 year to fulfill the prerequisites at a post-secondary. I then completed four years in my undergraduate program. The transition from a work visa to permanent residency demanded a two year wait before I could pursue my Master’s degree. Additionally, I had to complete prerequisites to secure a place on the program at City University. Becoming a counsellor has been a journey marked by commitment, determination, passion, and self-belief!

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