Sarah Michelle Ogden BA(H), MSW, RSW, EMDR Therapist she/her/hers
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do / With your one wild and precious life?" -Mary Oliver
Sarah Michelle loves these words from Mary Oliver. Life can be a beautiful, wild gift which sometimes for many reasons we may be held back from fully embracing and enjoying. She is honoured to support clients in moving through the barriers holding them back from themselves, and from their lives.
Sometimes in life you can have experiences that leave you shattered. It may be a profound loss. It may be an experience of abuse or other trauma. You may believe you can never again feel like yourself or move towards a better life ahead. You can lose hope. From a place of acceptance and self-compassion, Sarah Michelle works to help you find hope and healing.
She believes the outcome can be the journey - that the therapeutic relationship and the process of counselling can in and of itself be healing and transformative. She has experienced this herself with therapists in her own therapy, which she engages in ongoing. A wise teacher and healer once told her: "To be the best helper we can be, we need to tend to our own healing." Makes a lot of sense!
Sarah Michelle's formal training includes a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS, Parts Work), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Mindfulness. She has also completed courses and an externship in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples and families. Sarah Michelle is also a certified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Canada Basic instructor. Her experience includes working with specific populations such as trauma survivors, children, youth and parents, 2SLGBTQQIA+ clients, and veterans, military members and their loved ones. She sits across from you with deep empathy for the difficult experiences you have lived through.
She lives in the Trent Hills area, with her partner and young son. Not to be forgotten is her esteemed feline fur baby, Catu. Time in nature, the outdoors and physical movement and exercise are very important to her. She loves a good book and is always looking for new author and title suggestions (if you’d like to share)!
She is open to answering questions and discussing her experience further - please feel welcome to ask at any time. She wishes you her very best on your journey!
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Please note: At present, Sarah Michelle is not accepting new clients. To be added to her waiting list, call 705-947-2256. You can also ask for a referral to Andrew of Transitions Counselling Services or Shannon of Kind-Natured Psychotherapy.