Sarah Mackay, M.A. (McGill) Supervised Practicum Psychotherapy Student

Sarah Mackay, M.A. (McGill) Supervised Practicum Psychotherapy Student

Approach:

The core of my approach is person-centered which, to me, means that I will always strive to meet you where you are with genuineness, understanding, and compassion. In early sessions, we will collaboratively set goals based on what you identify is most important and as your therapist, I will bring in evidence-based practices to support and empower you in your pursuit of these goals. Know that I will be tailoring my approach to suit you and will regularly seek your feedback about how to better integrate your values and preferences into our work together. I will also demonstrate great respect for your existing strengths, your culture and spirituality, as well as your courage to let yourself be seen. 

Together we will explore your concerns from a place of safety, and I will encourage you to meet moments of difficulty with openness and curiosity.  In sessions we will identify strategies you can use to increase your awareness of inner experiences and hold this with non-judgemental acceptance. Often our minds are stuck in the past or worrying about an uncertain future; this is why I wish nothing more than to help you develop skills to have a present relationship with yourself. This will give you greater capacity to gain new perspectives, clarity and confidence to make decisions toward a more authentic and meaningful life. Finally, we may seek alternative ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving that are better aligned with who you want to be.

While my integrative approach is evolving, it is primarily informed by Compassion-Focused Therapy and Mindful Self-Compassion. To better meet your unique needs, I might also draw upon best-practices from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapies.

People with whom I work:

At this time, I support adults coping with concerns such as anxiety, depression, chronic stress, self-criticism, control and perfectionism, career and relationship issues, as well as difficulties adjusting to life transitions.

Training and Experience:

At the McGill Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic, I gained clinical experience offering individual therapy sessions using behavioural, experiential, and change-focused interventions. I pursued additional training in Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills with Drs. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer as well as the foundations of Compassion-Focused Therapy. 

I am delighted to be continuing my training with the Ottawa River Psychology Group (ORPG) under the supervision of licensed psychologists Drs. Kimberly Sogge and Adam Kingsbury. While at the ORPG, I will be acquiring training in third wave approaches used here and further specializing in mindfulness-based and compassion-focused therapies.

My registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario is in progress. 

Education:

I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from McGill University and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Windsor. My master’s research project examined current evidence-based practices as well as the barriers and facilitators for its integration into clinical practice. I was awarded graduate fellowships to complete this research from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, as well as the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology & Rossy Cancer Network.

Fees:

Psychotherapist sessions with a supervised practicum student at this clinic are billed at $100 per session (a 50% reduction). Our Clinic Director, Dr. Kimberly Sogge, supervises all practicum students and reviews cases. Dr. Adam Kingbury will also be reviewing all cases.