Sarah Hopkins

Registered Provisional Psychologist

sarah@familycounsellingcentres.com
Office: Leduc

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Alberta, and completed my Masters of Counselling Psychology degree through Athabasca University.

I have 10 years experience in the human services field, and have worked in a variety of settings. I have worked with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, as well as seniors with dementia. I have extensive experience in Post Secondary institutions, and therefore understand the unique needs of students. I have also worked with individuals with learning disabilities in a variety of settings. I have also counselled individuals at the Pride Center and within the Edmonton Public School system.

I work from a client-centred and collaborative approach and see strength and resilience in my clients, even when they can’t see it themselves. I truly believe that we are all the experts in our own lives, and therefore make sure that you know you have power within the therapeutic context. My clients have told me that my laid-back attitude and infusion of humour into the counselling process where appropriate has really supported them in feeling comfortable and connected. I work with you to guide the direction and pace of therapy. The process of therapy is tailored to each unique individual that I see, showcasing the utmost respect for every client.

Throughout my time as a Therapist I have worked with a variety of issues including:

– Grief

– Trauma

– Anxiety

– Stress

– Learning disabilities

– Homelessness

– Drug, alcohol, and sex addiction

– Abuse (physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, generational)

– LGBTQ+ issues

– Self-esteem

– Depression

– Anger management

– Emotional regulation

– Life transitions

– Attachment issues

– Parenting strategies

– Infertility

– Communication strategies for couples, parents, and families

– Suicide

– Children impacted by divorce

– Impacts of bullying

– Peer relationship issues

– Job readiness/career counselling

– Self-harm

– Fear of vulnerability

– Shame

– Work-life balance

– Polyamory

– Student issues

Some of the theories I draw from include: Mindfulness; Solution focused therapy; Cognitive Behavioural therapy; Narrative therapy; Play therapy; Art therapy; Feminism; Gottman principles