Sarah Mackay, M.A. Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Sarah Mackay, M.A. Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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, I am currently trained in Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). My approach is also informed by best-practices from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Interventions (i.e., MBCT, MBSR) and other third-wave approaches.

People with whom I work:

At this time, I provide individual psychotherapy to adolescents (16+) and adults coping with concerns such as anxiety, depression, chronic stress, self-criticism, procrastination, perfectionism, workplace issues, relationship difficulties, as well as difficulties adjusting to life transitions.

Education and Training:

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. I am a member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.  I have received Advanced Clinical Skills training in CFT with Prof Paul Gilbert and Dr. Andrew Rayner as well as Core Skills training in MSC with Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer.

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.

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.