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About Me

Sarah K. Davis, PhD, RCC

I’ve had the privilege of working with students, educators, and families in a variety of settings and roles for over 16 years. From working in education as a high school counsellor to my current roles as registered clinical counsellor (RCC), consultant, and postsecondary instructor, my priority has been to help students find and define success for themselves.

​ I acknowledge with respect that I am an uninvited guest on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples and the Songhees, WSÁNEĆ, and Esquimalt peoples who also have historical relationships with this land I feel so gracious to call my home.


​ I love spending time with my family and friends in the beautiful outdoors of Vancouver Island, including sailing, kayaking, hiking, paddleboarding, and camping, as well as playing hockey, cooking, volunteering, and supporting the local arts and theatre scene in Victoria.

Photo of Sarah next to a sea kayak with the ocean in the background
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Professional Background

I’ve worked as a secondary English teacher, a high school counsellor, a gifted and talented educator, and a postsecondary instructor in Canada, the US, and England. I also worked at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development where I started my journey as an advocate for gifted and talented students.

​ I have a MA in School Counselling from the University of Iowa, where my coursework and experience included a focus on counselling gifted and talented students. In 2020, I completed my PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Victoria with Dr. Allyson Hadwin.

I currently teach undergraduate courses in the University of Victoria's Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies and Camosun College's Department of Psychology as an instructor.

I have been a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in BC and started my private practice in 2020. In total, I have 10 years experience (and counting!) as a counsellor. I have completed recent counselling professional development in solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT), and family therapy.

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Helping Graduate Students Succeed

As an educator and counsellor, I know the link between mental health and learning is crucial.

During my PhD, I gained expertise in self-regulated learning, which is a much-researched area of educational psychology. My PhD research and dissertation focused on mental health and self-regulated learning in university. I also taught learning strategies to undergraduate students and worked with them one-on-one through the Centre for Accessible Learning at UVic.

Post-PhD, I wanted to use the knowledge I gained to help other graduate students succeed. Often, grad students are overlooked because they are assumed to be "good students." This is not always true and often grad students need help both with their learning and mental health.


How To Grad School was created to provide helpful, independent resources for grad students. I currently write a weekly blog and co-host a podcast aimed at supporting grad students.

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