Sara is a Registered Psychotherapist she has a Masters Degree in counselling psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and an Honours B.A. in psychology from Queen's University. She is also a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).
Sara has been working as a psychotherapist since 2002 treating clients in private practice and as part of several different multidisciplinary treatment teams. She has also worked in a holistic wellness program providing psychotherapy to individuals whose goals included weight loss and making permanent lifestyle changes. As well she has worked in a multi-disciplinary chronic pain facility providing cognitive behavioural therapy to individuals suffering from chronic pain and psychological disturbances related to pain.
Since giving birth to her son in 2007 she has been treating individuals in private practice as this has allowed her the flexibility to spend time with her son.
My Therapeutic Approach
I employ a holistic approach to therapy which is tailored to meet the needs of the individual, drawing mainly from two models: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Adlerian Therapy. During treatment sessions either one or both of these approaches (as well as other appropriate, strategies and techniques) may be utilized.
Format of Treatment sessions
During your therapy sessions you will be treated with dignity and respect and with the belief that you have the capacity to make positive changes in your life. I will work with you to identify your specific goals of therapy based on any problems or issues that you may be dealing with, we will then collaborate on developing strategies to meet these goals
At the completion of each session you may be provided with 'homework' to complete prior to our next session. The 'homework' exercises are designed to help you to practice skills learned in treatment sessions. The exercises often involve monitoring of behaviours or thoughts. It is my belief that when you practice new skills outside of treatment it helps you to develop a sense of control of your ability to manage difficulties. As well individuals tend to make quicker progress in therapy when they practice their learned skills outside of therapy sessions.
Trying your homework allows you to gather information about what works and what doesn't and helps you to learn how to solve your problems independently. As well it enables you to comment on the effectiveness of learned strategies and intervention during our follow up session.
It is my belief that one of the main goals of therapy is learned independent application of strategies and interventions. My hope is that you leave therapy with the appropriate tools to handle life's challenges.
Sara Trought ReachesScarborough ON