Counsellor, Positive Education consultant & well-being teacher. Sarah supports young people, their families, schools and communities to connect with their own strengths to work through challenges.
Sarah’s focus in counselling is connection: Connection with oneself and ones values, connection with significant others in our lives and connection with the wider community.
Sarah’s counselling is a strengths-based approach informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT pronounced act, as in to act in a play) and Positive Psychology. Through acceptance and mindfulness strategies, ACT helps people to create flexibility in their lives; moving towards things that matter to them, to embrace all the emotions that come with a rich and meaning life. Emotions are part of being human and emotions mean we care. Struggling with emotions can be truly difficult as we often snowball from feeling one emotion to feeling another, then another.
Sarah uses Positive psychology & strengths-based approaches.Bringing counselling strategies to all through normalising struggle, support seeking behaviours & self-regulation. Such as, with anxiety – finding practical coping mechanisms to reduce anxiety. Practical mindfulness – adapting mindfulness techniques for each person & their context.
Research interests includecyberawareness, technology use/over-use, ability to disconnect & gaming. Sarah has lived the UK, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India and Singapore, worked and travelled extensively throughout Australia, Asia and the USA. Currently living between the Southern Highlands and Kangaroo Valley NSW, raising bush kids and renovating a sustainable off-grid shack.
QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Sarah has a Masters of Guidance and Counselling, Graduate Certificate in Research (PhD pilot study on Adolescent Use of Technology) and a Bachelor of Education(Human Movement and Health Education, psychology major). Level 3 Australian Counselling Association (ACA) Member(Level 3 members have postgraduate qualifications, 750+ registered counselling hours, 75+ supervision hours and fulfill continuous professional development requirements.)