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Sara Felushko RPC (Canada) CCPCPR, MPCC

My experience and education

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Special and Elementary education from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, a Christian faith based university. I attended White’s Ferry Road School of Biblical Studies where I attended classes in Pastoral counselling. Complete resume: View Sara’s Resume

Since 1990 I have worked as a Women’s Ministry Leader with a Christian church in Toronto and Vancouver. I have counselled individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds and cultures. I have provided crisis intervention and ongoing support, relationship counselling, premarital counselling and marriage and family counselling. I have led support groups for women experiencing abuse and supported families of children and adults with disabilities. I have led workshops on marriage, women’s issues, parenting and communication across North America and abroad. I am a certified facilitator and trainer for Caring Resources’ From Hurt to HOPE workshops, teaching tools to renew hope and focus to those experiencing difficult life events.http://www.caringresources.com/hope

My therapeutic approach

My counselling is holistic, compassionate, and person-centered. It is collaborative in nature, with the client and therapist participating as equal partners in both goal-setting and working together to reach those goals. I use an integrative approach to counselling focusing on developing mutuality and compassion.

I draw from Compassionate Communication – based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication by Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg, cognitive behavioral therapy as used by Dr. David Burns, and interpersonal neurobiology by Dr. Dan Siegel. When requested I use principles of pastoral counselling.

Goals of therapy:

Therapeutic goals are set collaboratively with the client. Some common goals are increased self-awareness, improved communication skills, improved relationships, increased self-esteem, improved mood, positive lifestyle changes, improved problem solving and decision making, etc.

After therapy, my clients report a shorter return to set point when moods rise and fall and increased ability to talk with their teen children and other family members. They have learned how to express their observations and recommended strategies to superiors at work. And to understand their own core values as they discover methods to live in harmony with those values.

Professional Organizations:

I am a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) in good standing with 2 professional organizations:

The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) #2177 and the Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP) #1173. The CPCA https://www.cpca-rpc.ca/promotes professional counselling practice and deals with inappropriate practice, which helps provide protection for the public seeking help. Each member fulfills specific criteria that must be met before membership can be obtained.

The CCPCP http://www.ccpcp.ca/serves as a regulatory body for the profession of counsellors and psychotherapists who are required to meet the high standards of competency, which is measured by core knowledge and skill development.   Members are also required to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and to be compliant with a strict criterion for CCPCP membership.