Located in beautiful Nanaimo, BC, we provide experienced, compassionate and professional counselling services to Nanaimo, surrounding areas and online. We work with couples, youth and individuals. Our commitment to provide the best help and support for our clients comes first. In order to serve our clients best and provide committed, compassionate counselling, we only ever take a limited number of clients. Our appointments are available 7 days a week but for your benefit we do not book clients back to back.
Sarah holds the designation, RPC, Registered Professional Counsellor with the Canadian Professional Counsellor Association (CPCA). As a graduate of Rhodes Wellness College, Sarah is also a Wellness Counsellor and Certified Life Coach. Many extended health plans will provide cover towards the cost of Counselling. Please check with your individual provider.
Being a Wellness Counsellor means that Sarah also take a Holistic approach to Counselling, encompassing all elements that contribute to a balanced individual. This includes Mental, Spiritual, Physical and Emotional Wellness. Gone are the days when the only option for Counselling was a cold, clinical approach. My clients and I work together in a relaxed, non judgemental space where you are free to explore yourself and your story.
Some of the issues I help with:
- Self esteem & self image
- Anxiety & panic attacks
- Anger management
- Communication Issues
- Forgiveness of self and others
- Couples Therapy
- Life transitions
- Family of origin issues
- Grief & loss
- Obsessive Compulsive behaviours
- Relationship issues
- Family issues
- Relationship conflict
- Workplace challenges
- Getting in touch with and trusting emotions
- Discovering your passion and purpose
- Setting and achieving goals
- Career change
- The challenges of a new country/city
- Marriage Counselling
- Teen Counselling
The first thing to know, is that there is no taking sides in Couples or Marriage Counselling. No one person is right or wrong. The second thing, is that for Counselling to be effective, you must feel comfortable and safe with your therapist. For this reason, I offer a free 30 minute consultation.
Oftentimes both parties are not open to counselling and so one of the partners comes first. This is completely fine and very common in couples counselling.
Life revolves around the relationship we have with ourselves the world and the people we love. When our relationships are struggling, we feel very alone and lost. We need for our lives to not go unwitnessed and to have someone with whom we can share our most vulnerable selves with. Our past experiences and current difficulties can get in the way of the love we have for our partners.
If our relationships are to survive then we must invest in them and seek support when needed. This is where we can help. We want nothing more than for your relationships to succeed.
Conflict is a normal part of healthy relationships. Effective communication is key if you are to learn and grow from conflict and not let it destroy that loving bond with your partner. Our work with couples starts here, using fantastic proven tools for communication and putting them to use to resolve present and future issues.
We take a unique approach to helping because no couple is the same. Our Couples and Marriage Counselling sessions involve a tailored approach of both individual sessions and couples sessions. You are welcome to call or email with any questions you may have.
Make your relationship Limitless!
Call 604 259 1254 or email email@example.com in complete confidence.
Helping teenagers and children results in happier adults. Providing youth with the tools they need now is fundamental if they are to create the lives their hearts desire. No work could be more rewarding and in my view, nothing more important.
“For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.” – John Connolly
We are so passionate about helping today’s youth. There quite simply isn’t enough good support and the consequences can be devastating.
Every child and teenager needs to be heard and understood. They need to be comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings without the fear of judgment. Unfortunately, as much as we as parents are there and want to be supportive, we are not always the people they want to talk to.
We truly wish that every child had access to Counselling as part of the education system. If Counselling was considered the norm, many young lives would be saved. Sarah recalls her own mother asking if she wanted to see a Counsellor and she immediately declined. She didn’t see the purpose of talking about her problems but even more so, she didn’t want to burden her parents. By saying yes to counselling, she’d be admitting something was wrong and only add more worry to an already stressed family. It took another 10 years before Sarah finally asked for help.
From Sarah’s work with youth and adults, most of them felt just as she did. As parents, we strive to protect our children from our problems and from what can be a cruel world. What we may not realize, is how our children are often trying to protect us from their pain.
This is not their job. Young minds are not yet ready to process life’s challenges by themselves and trying to do so results in anxiety, depression and other manifestations of of an over burdened mind.
As a parent, you know without even asking, if your child is troubled. If you think your child needs to talk, please contact us in complete confidence.
Now available for people living in small towns/remote areas of Vancouver Island and for those with physical health challenges.
If you had asked our opinion on e-counselling a couple of years ago, we would likely have told you it was a terrible idea. The notion that a relationship conducive to personal growth can be established solely through a computer screen, is quite honestly dangerous. still agree with this and it is this opinion that has spurred me to offer online counselling that includes an initial meeting.
When moving my practice from the mainland to Nanaimo, I offered my existing clients the opportunity to be referred to another therapist in their area or to continue with me through face to face computer sessions. All of my clients opted for the latter. It became apparent that the reason their counselling sessions remained effective, was that we had already established an in person relationship. They were not meeting me for the first time through a computer screen.
Living on Vancouver Island there are far more small towns and remote locations. I’m aware that it may not suit some people to see a therapist in a small town or drive long distances on a regular basis. I am also cognizant of the fact that some people may have physical challenges that prevent them from travelling to appointments.
If you think e-counselling may be the best option for you, please do get in touch and we can have a chat about how it may work for you.
Here’s How It Works
- An initial consultation and/or appointment that takes place in person. You will either come to my office or if necessary, I can come to you. This will be discussed on a case by case basis. Initially meeting in person is an important element to this process. I believe it is necessary in order to provide you the best support and to build a rapport with each other, beginning the development of a trusting relationship.
- Following appointments will take place online through Skype or Google Chat
- Payment for each session can be made by e-transfer.
- Should you need me to come to you for the initial meeting, an additional travel cost will be required. This will be discussed in advance
Tools and Techniques I use:
- Attachment Theory
- Cognitive Therapy
- Rogerian Client Centered Therapy
- Prochaska and DiClemente Model for stages of change Art Therapy
- Play Therapy (children)
- Non Violent Communication (NVC)
- Transpersonal Therapy
- Psychodrama Techniques
- Gestalt Therapy
- Grief Therapy
- Schema Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Meta Cognitions
- Mood Logs
- Law of Light and Reflection Collateral Coaching
- Performance Coaching
Sarah is a Registered Professional Counsellor with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association and holds the designation, RPC.
Esther is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor with the ACCT and holds the designation RTC.
CPCA Mission Statement: The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association is dedicated to the recognition of competence and professionalism in counselling and psychotherapy.
Everything discussed and all written records/notes regarding Counselling/Coaching sessions are completely confidential.
There are three important exclusions:
- Child welfare concerns
- Imminent self-harm or harm to others
- Court subpoena