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Henry David Thoreau


Sara is a registered social worker, providing individual, couple and family counselling. She works online with individuals, couples and families who reside in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Sara supports people to strengthen and heal relationships; to re-connect to their values and preferences for living and to assist people to recognize and change patterns of thinking and behaving that may have served a role, but are now holding them back. She has a particular interest in not only supporting people to identify and regulate painful emotions, but ultimately to transform them.

She has experience working with people facing a variety of challenges, including but not limited to:

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  • sadness and depression
  • stress
  • relationship difficulties
  • parenting challenges
  • feelings of low self worth
  • chronic pain 
  • grief and loss
  • family conflict
  • relationship conflict
  • self image
  • body image
  • adverse childhood experiences
  • impact of systemic oppression

Sara has an eclectic approach to counselling to respond to the different needs of the people with whom she works. This can include talk therapy, mindfulness and meditation, self-compassion training, parent coaching, experiential work, emotion focused processing, expressive arts, and relationship work – all within the context of a supportive, non-judgmental, therapeutic relationship. 

Sara is a Certified mindful self-compassion teacher. Sara's next online mindful self-compassion class is on Saturday mornings, starting in January, 2023.

Sara enjoys supporting partners to strengthen their relationships, and has training in PACT (A Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy), which is a fusion of attachment theory, developmental neuroscience & arousal regulation.

Sara also uses Gottman Method Couple Therapy and has completed the Level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. 

Sara is a trained facilitator in the popular Gottman worksops: "Bringing Baby Home," for new and expecting parents and "The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work"

Sara has a particular interest is supporting people to bring awareness to their emotions and learn to regulate and soothe themselves so they can be more intentional in how they respond, particularly in relationships with others. She has completed training in emotion focused therapy and emotion focused family therapy.

For more information or to make an appointment, contact Sara at sara [at] saramarlowe.com or visit her on Psychology Today.

Many extended benefits plans provide coverage for Masters Level, Registered Social Workers. Otherwise, fees can count as a medical expense on income tax. Please contact your provider to inquire about potential coverage.

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