Professional Development

Sara believes in life-long learning, and strives to remain knowledgeable of the new findings in clinical research, theory and practice.  Relevant professional development in the last decade is as follows


2023 Certified Nature Based Forest Therapist with the HumanNature Counselling Society

2021 Certified Forest and Nature Therapist with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapists

2019  Relational Life Therapist.  Terry Real.  Certified

2018  Sexuality Intensive Certification.  Guelph University

2017 Intimacy Education Certification, Caffyn Jesse, Erospirit

2007-2015  Imago Clinical Supervision Group with Maureen McEvoy and Tamara Adilman. Monthly.  Developmental Model Couples Counselling Group Clinical Supervision with Sue Diamond Potts 2013-Present

2009-2017:  Interpersonal Neurobiology with Sarah Peyton. 8 full training days per year

2007-2017:  Student of the Diamond Approach through the Ridwhan School, taught by master trainers John Davis and Joyce Lyke

Vipassana 10 Day Silent Meditation Retreat, Merritt BC

Developmental Model Couples Counselling. Instructor Sue Diamond Potts.

Discernment Counselling for Couples–Bill Doherty

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDPP). Diana Fosha and Ben Lipton

Imago International Relationships Annual Conference.

Advanced Imago Workshops:

  • The Attuned Therapist. Rebecca Sears
  • Characterlogical Growth. Maureen Brine
  • Highly Reactive Couples. Maya Kollman
  • Unconscious collusion with Couples. Maya Kollman
  • Singles Training. Maureen Brine

2013 Awarded Advanced Imago Relationship Therapist status


Certified Imago Relationship Therapist (12 days–Maureen Brine)

Imago Couples Workshop: Getting the Love you Want–Betsy Burquist

Psychotherapy From the Inside-Out: The Brain of the Mindful Therapist–Daniel Siegel

Working with Complex Trauma, RHAP Program (Residential Historical Abuse)–Dr. Gold

Group Clinical Supervison, Justice Institute of BC–Monica Franz

Association of Experiential Education Annual Conference

Insight Out Workshop–Anna Christensen

Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples–Yolanda Von Hockauf

Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy (Level 1)–Dr. John Banmen
12 day training with Dr. Banmen and Kathlyne Maki-Banmen

Clinical Supervision, Justice Institute–Monica Franz

Ecotherapy:  Psyche, Soul and Nature–Jed Swift and Dominie Cappadonna

Trauma, Dissociation and Clinical Practice:  Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse–Dr. Chrisine Courtois

Non-Violent Communication, Dr. Marshall Rosenberg

Non-Violent Communication Six-week Workshop, Langara College–Raj Gill

Trauma Certificate Program, Justice Institute (six courses, 21 days)

Developing a Secure Self (EMDR)–April Steele

Stopping the Violence Core Counsellors’ Training (12 days)–BC Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs

2002-5: BC Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs–Annual Conferences

Stopping the Violence Symposium:  Justice Institute–Dr. Ellen Pence

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Level II–Marshal Wilensky

HIV/Aids Certified Assessment and Disclosure Counsellor:  San Franscisco, CA,
8 day training for professionals working in addictions

Trauma, Dissociation and Attachment: Dr. Vander Kolk, Dr. Fried, Dr. Briere, Dr. Pat Ogden

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Level I
EMDR Institute, Gerald Puk, Senior Trainer

Coordinated Response Sexual Assault:  Health Care and Legal Process
Vancouver Women’s Hospital, RCMP, VPD and Battered women’s support services