On Being a Counsellor

Sarah feels honoured to help people make lasting changes in their lives. She works hard to meet clients where they are at and create a relationship in which people feel safe challenging the beliefs and behaviours that may be getting in the way of their happiness.

Sarah is known for using warmth, skill and humour to assist people on their journey to wellness. Her caring demeanor and welcoming approach allows clients to connect quickly and to move comfortably towards their goals.

For Sarah, counselling is a process of self-discovery, and personal exploration meant to increase personal understanding and self-awareness. The process can take many different forms depending on the various stages of life clients are at, and the life issues they have experienced.

Through building self-awareness in counselling, Sarah supports her clients in deepening their understanding of the complex struggles they experience. Through this self-awareness is where lasting improvements can be made.

Counselling Background

As a Registered Social Worker and Clinical Counsellor, Sarah has had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents and families in government agencies, outpatient and in-patient psychiatrist units, the school system, as well as in her private therapy practice.

Through her work with children experiencing a mental health crisis, Sarah developed a depth of skill and knowledge in this area. Sarah’s experience has also grown to include counselling with young people who have experienced trauma.

Her years of experience and training as a therapist with families have expanded her skills in the areas of child behavioural challenges, recent mental health diagnosis, divorce, separation, and various other difficulties.

Services now being offered in Nanaimo.

Nanaimo Families looking for support in the area of mental health, trauma , separation and divorce . Sarah has spent the last 10 years specializing  in working with children, youth and their families. Service offered include , parent coaching ,  family/individual therapy or phone sessions .

Fee’s -$110/50 min session.
If you are interested in accessing Sarah’s service in the Nanaimo office, please contact her directly at sarahlakecounselling@gmail.com

More About Sarah

Key Philosophical Beliefs

  • People are trying their best at any given time and can benefit from therapy to help them get through the difficult times.
  • Therapy is a collaboration between client and therapist.
  • Clients need a caring, genuine, respectful and unconditionally supportive therapist in order to feel safe enough to make improvements in their lives.
  • It is essential to allow clients to set their own goals and work at their own pace.
  • A key goal of a therapist is to help clients build hope and confidence.
  • Lasting positive change is possible and within all people’s reach.

Counselling Training

  • Masters in Social Work
  • Trauma Therapy- Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Expressive Art Therapy

Professional Membership and Affiliations

  • Registered Social Worker (RSW), BC Association of Social Workers
  • Member of BC College of Social Workers
  • Registered Clinical Counsellor RCC
  • Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
  • BC Play Therapy Association

Sarah as a Person

Sarah is the mother of a highly energetic toddler. She is drawn to find relaxation in nature and through art.  She uses art in many ways in her life including running art groups at an alternative school, doing crafts with her daughter and painting pictures.

She loves spending time outdoors with her family exploring various BC trails, parks and waterways. She is drawn to activities that push her beyond her limits, and for this reason, has run marathons, completed triathlons, and is always trying new things.

Sarah has learned that life seldom goes according to plan. Like so many others, she has endured her own challenges and continues to search for peace and ongoing fulfillment.

On the journey so far, Sarah has learned that we are all more resilient than we give ourselves credit for. We have what it takes to get through the challenges that come our way. Sometimes the best we can do is to take one day at a time.

If you are ready to get started with therapy,  Contact us in our Langley therapy office. Together, we can work to solve your problems.

Adult Counselling
Child Counselling
Parent Counselling