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Psychotherapy helps clients address personal, emotional, mental, and spiritual difficulties. Clients can talk openly and confidentially about their concerns and feelings with a trained professional. Almost all types of psychotherapy involve developing a therapeutic relationship, communicating and creating a dialogue, and working to overcome problematic thoughts, feelings or behaviours.
Our Approach to Care
Our psychotherapists take a holistic approach to therapy – considering the person as a whole – mind, body and spirit. We use both traditional therapy techniques and methods, as well as integrative approaches like mindfulness, somatic inquiry, and The Havening Techniques®. Our therapists also regularly help clients adopt self-care routines and practices, and lifestyle and mindset changes that support a return to mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.
We Help Clients With
- Self awareness
- Setting boundaries
- Shifting limiting beliefs
- Self-concept + identity
- Spiritual exploration
- Cultivating acceptance
- Optimistic thinking
- Communication skills
- Conflict resolution
- Building intimacy
- Releasing judgment
- Active listening
- Vulnerability + Trust
- Developing empathy
- Reestablishing safety
- Emotional regulation
- Coping with triggers
- Grieving loss/change
- Processing trauma
- Havening/de-linking distressing memories
- Coping strategies for moving forward
- Identifying stressors
- Developing resilience
- Mindfulness + Meditation
- Relaxation techniques
- Guided imagery
- Addressing worrying
- Making lifestyle changes
- Practicing self-care
- Breathing techniques
Areas of Special Interest
Self & Identity
- Spiritual exploration
- Gender identity
- Anger + Irritability
- Sleep issues
- Body image
- Suicidal ideation
- Emotional, physical + sexual abuse
- Grief + Loss
- Divorce + Separation
- Gender transitioning
- Career changes/loss
- Chronic + Major Illness
- Returning to work
- Post Partum
- Estrangement in relationships
Living Well with Mental Illness
Strategies for living well with:
- Anxiety disorders, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), panic attacks, phobias and obsessive compulsive disorders.
- Mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder.
- Addictions, such as alcoholism, drug-dependency, or gambling.
- Eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia.
- Personality disorders, such as borderline personality disorder.
- Schizophrenia, or other disorders that cause detachment from reality.
Meet Sarah Angela Clarke, RP / CHP
Sarah Angela Clarke brings her lived experience of various countries, cultures, paths and peoples into the work she now does with a diversity of clients as a Registered Psychotherapist, Spiritual Director and Energy Work Practitioner.
Graduating from the Transformational Arts College of Spiritual & Holistic Training, Sarah Angela has a particular interest in working with Body-Centred Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing, facilitating for clients a deeper connection with their embodied journey and the wisdom within.
What to Expect from Therapy
Each of our therapists offers the opportunity to meet over the phone for a complimentary 15-minute discussion. This is a chance for you to see if his/her/their approach and personality are going to be a good fit for you. Think of some specific questions you have about therapy, and about the therapist’s philosophy of care that you could ask during this brief introduction. Having a good fit with your therapist is crucial for therapy to be effective, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions you have on your mind.
Please note: This is not a treatment session. Therapists cannot give advice or a plan of treatment in these introductory meetings, as your consent for treatment has not yet been established.
Before your first appointment, you will fill in an intake form online that will be submitted electronically to your chart.
At your first psychotherapy session, the therapist will gather more information about you, your history, your needs and your goals. It might take a few sessions for your therapist to fully understand your situation and concerns and to determine the best approach or course of action.
Once a treatment plan has been established, your therapist will share which types of treatment or approaches will be used, the recommended frequency of visits, and the goals for treatment.
For most types of psychotherapy, your therapist will encourage you to talk about your thoughts and feelings and what’s troubling you. Don’t worry if you find it hard to open up about your feelings. Your therapist can help you gain more confidence and comfort as time goes on.
Because psychotherapy sometimes involves intense emotional discussions, you may find yourself crying, upset or even having an angry outburst during a session. Some people may feel physically exhausted after a session. Your therapist is there to help you cope with your feelings and emotions, so that you can be free to allow whatever emotional reactions come up during session.
Except in rare and specific circumstances, conversations with your psychotherapist are confidential. This means that any details you discuss, your personal health information, your name and any identifying information will not be shared with anyone unless your written and expressed consent is given to do so.
However, a psychotherapist may break confidentiality if there is an immediate threat to safety (yours or someone else’s) or when required by provincial or federal law to report concerns to authorities. Your therapist will discuss confidentiality with you in your first visit, and will answer questions you may have throughout your treatment process.