About Sarah

Sarah Thomas

Registered Psychotherapist, Qualifying, CRPO
Masters Counselling Psychology

My Therapeutic Goals:

I work from a trauma-informed lens where we ask, “What happened to you?” instead of “What is wrong with you?” I understand that your life experiences have impacted how you see and interact with the world. Your perception, thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviours are present to keep you safe and are valid. Sometimes, what was once adaptive is no longer serving you. My role is to offer gentle curiosity. Through the development of a trusting therapeutic relationship, there is safety to explore and try new things. I believe that through relationships, we learn, grow, and heal. I hope that, with time, individuals can tap into their strengths, lead a life congruent to their values, and accept all parts of themselves.

Collingwood Psychotherapy & Yoga Center
My Path So Far:
I completed my undergraduate degree in Honours Psychology at Waterloo University. I specialized in research and minored in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family studies. My psychology courses gave me the foundation to understand and support individuals; research taught me how to think critically and how to find reliable answers to questions I don’t know; and my sexuality, marriage, and family courses introduced me to the intersection of various fields, such as sociology, social work, law, philosophy, and ethics. While studying, I volunteered at a community organization providing support to individuals experiencing mental illness, addiction, low income, and homelessness. Through this experience, I began to understand and appreciate the role of systemic oppression.

After completing my undergraduate degree, I worked with clients with dual diagnoses in a private inpatient treatment centre as well as adults with developmental disabilities within their community. While supporting my clients, I saw the power of relationships to promote positive change.

I completed my Masters in Counselling Psychology at Western University. The program reflected my values of being trauma-informed and anti-oppressive and promoted learning, growth, and personal reflection. I completed my internship at a not-for-profit charitable organization that provided free, short-term counselling to individuals.

When I am not working as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), I often spend time with family, friends, and my puppy, Odin. I love learning and look forward to continuing to learn how to support my clients better and engage in my personal growth journey.

The Process of Psychotherapy:
I believe that the initial stage of psychotherapy involves building a strong therapeutic relationship. Only through developing a trusting therapeutic relationship is there safety to do the work that brought you to therapy. The therapeutic relationship is built through non-judgement, validation, and curiosity. Through honest dialogue and reflection, we collaboratively develop therapeutic goals.

From there, the work can look quite different from client to client. For some clients, therapy is a space to have a container, a place to have someone hold their pain and struggle with them. For others, clients want thought-provoking questions and dialogue to promote thoughtful reflection. Some clients are seeking skills and tools to help change or increase coping within their lives. Regardless of the goal or the path, the therapeutic relationship is central and will always be a focus in our work together.

Therapeutic Theories I Work With:

Various psychotherapeutic theories inform my work with clients. I work from a client-centred, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive perspective. The underpinning of all of my work with clients is the therapeutic relationship. Theories I draw from include:

  • Relational Cultural Theory
  • Attachment Theory
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  •  Self-compassion
Relevant Education:
  • Honours Psychology, Minor in Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies, Waterloo University, 2015
  • ASIST, Suicide and Prevention Training Program, Western University
  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Western University, 2023

Our Mission

To provide clients with an accepting, friendly space to discover their healing path and to develop therapeutic relationships that sustain, inspire and guide them.

To provide clients with highly skilled, self responsible and self aware psychotherapists and yoga therapists who are always striving to learn about advancements in their fields and to continually develop themselves.

To create psychoeducational opportunities for clients to empower them to learn about their symptoms and how they can move towards healing and growth.

To provide innovative training programs that develop highly competent, self aware, self responsible, and inspiring psychotherapists and yoga therapists.