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Counselling

I'm so glad you're here!

I work as a registered clinical counsellor (RCC) with clients

who live in BC.

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My name is Sarah Davis (she/they) and my counselling practice is based on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, BC. My practice focuses on helping clients of all ages navigate their lives in ways that are meaningful to them.
I use a variety of counselling approaches, ranging from cognitive-behavioural theory (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy, to narrative therapy. Any approach I use is guided by my client's needs, interests, and strengths.
I am an ally to LGBTQQIP2SAA communities, and I am committed to educating myself on issues related to white privilege, anti-racism, the lived experiences of IBPOC, and the decolonization of counselling. 
 
I use a strengths-based approach, including neurodiversity-affirming and trauma-informed approaches.
My counselling philosophy is to help people understand, approach, and/or solve their own problems through a collaborative process based on unconditional positive regard for my clients.​​

Current Clients

Book, reschedule, and manage your appointments using my online Jane calendar.

Potential Clients

Please fill out the following form (opens in new tab) so we can set up a free 15-minute phone call.

Areas of Expertise

I offer individual counselling for clients of all ages who have a wide range of concerns, including:

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • stress

  • relationships

  • social skills

  • ADHD (attention-hyperactivity attention disorder)

  • ASD (autism spectrum disorder)

  • learning challenges

  • academic concerns

  • emotion regulation

  • transition from high school to postsecondary

  • gifted and talented

  • twice-exceptional (2e) learners

I work with children and teenagers ages 9 - 18 who have a wide variety of concerns and are ready to make a change.

 

Along with my clients, we work together in a collaborative and open environment to understand current issues and identify strategies to help address those concerns. 

My experience as a teacher and school counsellor provide me with a unique lens of the school environment and this knowledge is invaluable in helping my clients and their families navigate any challenges occurring at school.

I prioritize relationship-building and create a safe, fun environment in my office to hold space for clients, understand their worlds, provide psycho-education as needed to increase mental health literacy, and communicate with school staff as needed.

Child and Teen 
Counselling
(Ages 9-18)

Graduate Student Counselling

Combining my PhD in Educational Psychology with my experience and MA in Counselling provides me with a unique set of skills to support graduate students.

 

In particular, graduate students are navigating challenges both in and outside of academics and learning. Topics include mental health, anxiety, depression, motivation, writing, careers, supervisor issues, neurodiversity, disability, and health issues.

I offer limited discounted sessions for graduate students who are seeking counselling, please inquire for more information and/or see the FAQs below.

I work with students enrolled in college and university programs. The transition between high school and postsecondary education can be significant and seeking counselling during this time can help build resilience, feel less alone, and how to navigate learning challenges.

I teach postsecondary courses at Camosun College and the University of Victoria. These experiences provide me with insight as to current concerns and problems around mental health and learning, including ADHD, autism, social challenges, learning challenges, study strategies, career concerns, etc.

I offer limited discounted sessions for undergraduate students who are seeking counselling, please inquire for more information and/or see the FAQs below.

College and University Student Counselling

Adult Counselling
(Ages 19+)

Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious and not sure what to do next? Have you wanted to try counselling but don't know if it's for you or where to start? 

 

Well, then you're in the right place!

 

I work with adult clients who are experiencing stress, feeling anxious, or dealing with life problems that seem overwhelming. We will work together collaboratively and at your pace to understand your biggest priority, what change you would like to see, and how to make progress toward that change.

 

With my adult clients, I use solution-focused and cognitive-behavioural approaches that are suitable for short-term counselling (e.g., 5-15 sessions) and that help you identify and understand what may be contributing to your stress and/or anxiety.

With the new BCTF agreement covering RCCs for teachers, my 7 years experience working in K-12 environments make me a wonderful option for teachers seeking counselling.

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My Counselling Office

My counselling office is a warm, inviting, and safe space that is designed to help clients feel comfortable and relaxed. I have a variety of art supplies, toys, and fidgets that are available to my clients during sessions.

My office is in the Victoria Counselling Collective located in unit 301 at 1627 Fort Street in Victoria, BC.
 
There are many bus lines and bike lanes nearby and free parking is available onsite, for both cars and bikes. There is an elevator in the building and gender neutral washrooms.
  • First steps - Scheduling a free phone call
    As fit is the more important part of counselling, we will have a free 15-minute phone call before starting counselling. Please fill out my contact form to get started! Depending on the age of the potential client, sometimes the calls are just with the client, and sometimes the parents/guardians do the call for the client (e.g., for children).
  • Information about my counselling office -- no waiting room!
    My office is unit 301, which is located at the top of the stairs on the third floor of the Fort Oak Centre at 1627 Fort Street (the same building and floor as my previous office). Please note my new office does not have a waiting room. I've scheduled my appointments in my office with plenty of time between clients so you won't run into other clients. Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your session start time. I will have a sign on my door that indicates when I'm ready for you to come in. I recommend you wait in the lobby area by the elevators on the third floor before your session and if you are picking someone up, please arrive to pick them up a few minutes before the session ends. If there is a situation where you do need to wait for your child's session, please let me know so we can discuss some options.
  • What to expect in the first session
    It's okay to be nervous about your first session! The first session is usually about getting to know you as the client more and how you perceive your life, strengths, goals, and aspirations. You can answer any question with as much or little detail as you like. And, as consent in counselling is important, you never have to talk about anything you don't want to. For children: My office is a warm and welcoming space with a variety of toys, games, art materials, and other activities if needed and depending on the age of the client. I usually just meet with the client for the first session, but depending on the situation, I may meet with one or more of the guardians/parents as well.
  • My counselling schedule
    I offer individual in person or video counselling services, which can be booked on the Jane website. I do require a credit card on Jane in case of late cancellations, however payment for sessions is preferred by e-transfer and is due on receipt of the invoice. My Winter 2024 counselling schedule - Please note my after school in person appointments often fill up quickly: Mondays: In person/Online sessions between 1:15 pm and 4:30 pm Tuesdays: In person/Online sessions between 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm Thursdays: In person/Online sessions between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm In person counselling sessions take place at 301-1627 Fort Street, Victoria, BC with one hour free parking available in the parking lot for Shoppers and Urban Grocer.
  • 24-hour cancellation policy and COVID-19 (Updated as of September 1, 2023)
    Scheduled sessions must be cancelled a minimum of 24 hours in advance or the full session fee will be charged, except in the case of emergency only. This makes sure I have enough time to fill the spot with an existing client from my waitlist. If you are sick with any flu/cold/allergy/COVID-19 symptoms, you will have the opportunity to reschedule to an online appointment. If you choose to cancel your appointment and it's within the 24 hour cancellation window, a full cancellation fee will be applied. Please note: Masks are still required for in-person sessions if you have any cold/flu/COVID-19/allergy symptoms. Please avoid coming into the office if you are sick for the continued health and safety of everyone in the counselling office. Before starting counselling with me, you will have the opportunity to read and sign forms describing confidentiality and other policies.
  • Paying for sessions, fees, and billing/insurance
    I prefer e-transfers for payment of sessions sent to: sarah(at)sarahdavisconsulting.ca, and I will send an invoice at the end of each session. Payment is due upon receipt. Pricing for my sessions is guided by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and applies for in-person and online sessions: 50-minute session with one client is $155 + GST = $162.75 25-minute session with one client is $80 + GST = $84 50-minute session for two or more parents/guardians of current clients is $175 + GST = $183.75 Other services, such as meetings with school staff, travel to meetings, preparation of documents, etc. charged at a minimum of 25-minute slots is $80 + GST = $84 After paying, you will receive an receipt for your payment that you can submit to your insurance as I do not bill to insurance. Please check with your extended health benefits provider for details of your policy and to check that registered clinical counsellors (RCCs) are covered.
  • Parent/Guardian/Family sessions
    Depending on the goal(s) of the client, there may be a need for parent/guardian/family sessions. I usually only see family members of current clients upon my client's request. As I do take a systems approach, often family sessions (with or without the client present) are a valuable part of counselling for most of my younger clients. Consent from all legal guardians/parents is required for child and teenager counselling services unless otherwise legally stated. I will require a copy of custody/parenting agreements when appropriate. For children (ages 7-11), family sessions are usually held more regularly to support the work being done in individual counselling sessions. When I start working with a young client, I usually meet with them for 4-5 sessions to get to know them and their world. Then, I have a parent/guardian session to talk about the sessions and determine next steps. I prefer to have sessions with the parents/guardians every 2-3 months. For teenagers, it will depend on the individual client and family. Sometimes family counselling (e.g., sessions with the client and their parents/guardians) will be helpful, other times it will just be sessions with me and the parents/guardians.
  • Adding yourself to my waitlist in Jane
    To add yourself to my waitlist, once you are logged into your Jane account select me to bring up my booking page. Pick the session type (online or in-person) and when my calendar appears you will see “Can’t find a time? Add yourself to the wait list.” Click on this and complete the requested information. Once added to the waitlist, I will let you know if a spot opens up due to a cancellation.
  • Discounted counselling sessions for undergraduate and graduate students
    I offer limited discounted counselling sessions for undergraduate and graduate students who can attend daytime sessions between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm, either in person or online. With the discount, sessions can range from $100 to $120 per hour, which is a 25% - 35% discount from my regular hourly rate of $155. During your free 15-minute intake call, we'll discuss the eligibility requirements to receive this discount. Please feel free to email me to inquire if I have spaces available.
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