Sarah Shaw Ross, MCP, RCC
Sarah is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She graduated with her Masters of Counselling Psychology from Adler University in 2013 and she has advanced clinical training in various psychotherapeutic approaches including Adlerian, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
Sarah has extensive experience working with adolescents with mental health and substance use issues and their families and has worked with different populations of high-risk youth for over twenty years. Her clinical counselling experience includes the treatment of addictions, depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, and grief and loss.
Sarah graduated with her BA in Psychology from Simon Fraser University in 2001 and spent the next few years working with homeless and street entrenched youth in Vancouver before opening up her own residential resource for youth which she has now been running for over eleven years.
During her graduate studies, she completed a one year clinical practicum at BC Women’s Hospital were she provided both individual and couples counselling for prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship issues, anger and stress management, attachment and parenting issues, grief and loss, family of origin issues, and trauma. In addition, Sarah facilitated and co-facilitated workshops and groups on attachment, mother and infant bonding, postpartum depression, and mindfulness-based relaxation skills.
Sarah has been providing individual counselling services at Together We Can since April of 2016 and she has also facilitated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy group sessions with a focus on helping clients identify how their negative automatic thoughts about certain events directly trigger their emotions and, through practical exercises, clients are able to challenge these thoughts. She tailors her individual counselling sessions based on each client’s needs and is especially familiar with helping clients suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and relationship difficulties.
Sarah is passionate about social justice and inspired by people’s ability to overcome addictions. Throughout the past twenty years of working with a diverse range of people, Sarah has developed an ever-growing appreciation for both the inherent ability of people to make positive changes in their lives, and the difference counselling and positive relationships can have on people who are facing multiple barriers to achieving their life goals.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys music, travelling, camping, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her family and friends.