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Sarah R. Levine, B.A., J.D., M. Ed.
Registered Clinical Counsellor
I have worked professionally with individuals and families for many years.
I work with clients facing a range of issues. These include: anxiety, depression, feelings of being overwhelmed, difficulty establishing or maintaining healthy relationships, symptoms resulting from experiences of past or recent trauma, management of health conditions, navigating career transition and loss, exploration of sexual orientation, and navigating gender transition.
I have a broad range of experience working with families navigating many different kinds of conflict, including intimate partner/spousal, adult children with parents and siblings, and a broad range of family configurations.
I hold a B.A. (hons., McGill), J.D. (UBC) and Master's degree in Counselling Psychology (UBC). I am a certified Internal Family Systems therapist. I have taken intensive training in the Internal Family Systems modality relating to therapy for individuals, for couples, and relating to sex and sexuality. I have acted as a program assistant with the Internal Family Systems Institute to train therapists in the Internal Family Systems model. In addition, I have specific training for working with anxiety, training in mindfulness-based stress reduction, specific approaches for short-term counselling, therapy with adolescents and young adults, and family therapy. I am an accredited family law mediator. I am curious by nature and love keeping up with current research that helps me to provide better service to my clients; I seek continuing education and attend workshops whenever possible.
I have served as a director and committee member for many community organizations. I was most recently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Access Pro Bono Society of British Columbia, an organization that provides free legal services for those in financial need, and I have volunteered extensively in Access Pro Bono's mental health law program, as a family law mediator, and to establish a roster of family law mediators and lawyers to provide free services for clients in need throughout the province. I am currently (since 2014) a member of the Teacher Review Board of British Columbia. I am a member of the Western Canada Advisory Board for Advancement at McGill University.
I am LGBTQ2 affirming. I am privileged to work with many individuals and families of diverse cultures, races, and religions, and of all genders and sexual orientations. My clients and I work together to incorporate both individual and systemic approaches to acknowledge effects of current or past oppression.
I bring my own experience of having worked in a variety of employment situations and having navigated career transitions. I also bring my personal experiences as a spouse, a parent, a member of an extended family and a participant in multiple communities organized around my profession, my family and my hobbies.
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