Sarah Smith

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Therapist category: Trained Therapist

Level of training:  Level 4 

Types of clients: Adults, Couples

Specializations: Addiction, Anxiety, Complex Trauma, Depression, Emotional Dysregulation, PTSD, Relational issues, Self confidence

LI Therapy online?: Yes

Languages: English

Much like plodding through snow-laden terrain in winter, moving forward with therapy can be arduous and foreboding. With commitment and repetition, however, a path emerges, and our journey becomes easier and more familiar with time. Whether mired in depression, frenetic with anxiety, or stifled by the monotony of a dysfunctional relationship, therapy can provide us with the tools and insights we need to reorient ourselves to the present and create an informed design for the future.

As an RCC and CCC with a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology, I only practise evidence-based treatments that have a track-record of efficacy. Some of these include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Lifespan Integration Therapy (Level 4), and elements of Gottman Method Therapy (Level 3) for couples. While these modalities provide the structure “or bones” of therapy, my personal approach is informed by a reverence for the following:

  1. Irvin Yalom’s existential givens of death, meaning, isolation, and freedom, which denote the parameters of the human condition,
  2. Carl Rogers’s client-centred approach, which views individuals through a lens of curiosity and unconditional positive regard, and
  3. the biopsychosocialspiritual approach, which I use as a heuristic for understanding the facets of life that contribute to mental wellbeing.

In terms of delivery, I find figurative language, particularly the use of metaphor and analogy, effective for creating rich, memorable dialogue, and useful for expediting salient experiences and insights. Kintsugi, for example, is the Japanese art form of mending ceramic vessels with gold. While it is a stunning form of art, it is also a valuable metaphor for how adverse experiences (our own cracks and fissures) are part of what make us unique and resilient. In this way, I believe psychotherapy to be a form of Kintsugi for the psyche.

As someone who has been on both sides of the table- as an individual client, a couple, and a therapist, I respect the courage it takes to instigate change and show vulnerability to someone you’ve never met. It is my hope that we can work together to help you create clarity and connection within your relationship, reframe the legacy of your trauma, mitigate depression and anxiety, and help you design an informed path forward. 

Education and Registration: 

General Counselling:

  • Vernon Family Resource Centre, CSV Program (Lay Counselling), 2018
  • Masters of Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University, 2021

Treating Trauma | Lifespan Integration Cert.: 

  • Lifespan Integration Therapy Level 1, 2023
  • Lifespan Integration Therapy Level 2, 2023
  • Lifespan Integration Therapy Level 3, 2023
  • Lifespan Integration Therapy Level 4, 2024

Couples Therapy | Gottman Institute Cert.:

  • Clinical Foundations in Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 1, 2022
  • Clinical Foundations in Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 2, 2022
  • Clinical Foundations in Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 3, 2023
  • Bringing Baby Home Educator Training, 2023
  • Gottman Method Certification: Treating Trauma and Affairs, 2024
  • Gottman Method Certification: Couples in Addiction Recovery, 2024

Registration # (CCC): 11242347

Registration # (RCC): 20873

Registration # (CVAP): L6W9204131

Main Address:
2009 Enterprise Way, Suite E
Kelowna,  British Columbia, Canada
V1Y 9S9

Phone: 2508089679


2009 Enterprise Way, Kelowna, BC, Canada