About – Sarah Laye B.A. Psych, B.S.W., M.S.W., R.S.W.
Sarah is a skilled and compassionate therapist who has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and a psychology degree from York University. Previously, she had a career as an Early Childhood Educator and Behavioural Therapist for neurodiverse children and youth. Sarah practices from a client-centred, strengths-based, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive stance.
In her work, Sarah helps clients to discover and reinforce their strengths. Compassionately acknowledging the uniqueness of every individual, she works as a team with her clients to find the specific approaches that best helps them to improve their health and well-being.
Sarah is an eclectic therapist which means she draws from several therapy modalities in order to meet her specific clients’ needs. Some of these therapies include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), emotion-focused therapy (EFT), mindfulness, and compassion-focused therapy.
Sarah has a background in working with adults, children, youth, and their families in a variety of settings, including school, hospital, and private practice settings. She supports her clients in learning effective ways to manage their stress, anxiety, navigate issues at school, social difficulties, depression, understand and regulate their emotions, develop self-esteem, navigate life transitions, and heal from trauma. She has a deep understanding of and extensive experience with supporting neurodiverse children and youth. She helps parents learn new and helpful ways of understanding and responding to their children’s challenging behaviours.
With her caring, non-judgemental, and collaborative approach, she strives to develop a strong therapeutic bond with each client. Acknowledging that coming to therapy can be difficult, Sarah provides a supportive and compassionate environment in which clients can share their experiences, learn life skills, and gain confidence.
She is a registered social worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), and she holds membership with the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).