Style & Approach:
My name is Sara Martel. I approach therapy as a relational process that requires safety, support, and non-judgemental presence. This means I see my clients as experts in their own life who bring unique strengths, aspirations, and needs to the therapeutic process, while I am present as a collaborator to help foster self-compassion and empathically witness their wounds as well as their growth. I draw from a range of modalities — from psychodynamic, to narrative, to mindfulness-based — in order to flexibly meet each client where they are. While I draw primarily from a talk-based therapy model, I also believe our minds and bodies are inseparable and may draw from embodiment practices to raise awareness about what is unfolding in the present moment. I strive to create an equitable and anti-oppressive space within my sessions, recognizing the social, cultural, and political aspects of who we are and how we relate to one another.
Qualifications Sara Martel:
I am currently training in psychotherapy at the Toronto Center for Psychotherapy and Counselling Education (TCPCE), which is a graduate-level program accredited by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I have also completed additional training in narrative therapy and mindfulness. I am a member of the Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists (OSRP) and as a student I adhere to the CRPO’s Code of Ethics and Practice Standards.