Sarah Cushing

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Title: Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Credentials: M.A.C.P. Candidate, BSS, R.P. (Qualifying)
Language Spoken: English
Location: In person (Ottawa) & virtual across Ontario

My approach

Are you feeling like your relationship with food is impeding you from living to the fullest? Perhaps you’re feeling stuck or feeling like you’re “just not yourself”. You might not know what to expect from the therapeutic progress, but you’ve reached the point that it just might be what you need.

I offer clients a treatment-oriented approach informed by my values of holism, individuality, and curiosity to meet clients where they are at. Together, we will explore your unique needs and experiences to create therapeutic goals that work best for you.

I strive to convey empathy and authenticity in forming the foundation for a therapeutic rapport that fosters comfortability, safety, and motivation on your therapeutic journey.

Challenges I can support you through

Area of Expertise

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Eating Disorders

(Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder,OSFED)

Other areas of strong interest

Services I offer

  • Individualized Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Support

The clients I love to support

Individuals (16+), Couples

Modalities/frameworks I use

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • ACT
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • CPT
  • IFS
  • EFT

What influences my work

As someone with lived experiences with an eating disorder, I deeply understand the unrelenting demands that they carries, as well as the fear it imposes when one considers letting it go. Like you or your loved one in the throes of an eating disorder, at one point in my life, it felt like I needed it to survive. But as you or your loved one is also realizing if you’re reading this, I realized that this eating disorder was a dangerous and life-threatening form of coping that would ultimately negate my capacity to thrive. Along with my
clinical expertise, my personal experience cultivates empathy and passion in helping those with different, but also similar experiences, live the life that they were meant to live.

What I like most about working at TBP:

The Balanced Practice offers you a team of practitioners specializing in eating disorders which I believe is crucial in offering comprehensive care for this mental illness. I can trust that my team acquires the same commitment to their clients’ therapeutic progress as I do which provides clients with various experts who are all on the same page.

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Sarah is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) completing her Master of Counseling Psychology at Yorkville University. Over the past three years, she has collaborated with the Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre and the Manitoba Mood Disorder Association in offering workshops, support groups, and eating disorder mentoring services. She has also worked at Thoughtworks Therapy in which she provided psychotherapeutic services to a diverse clientele in addressing various mental health concerns, including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma, disordered eating, and personality disorders.

More than just my work

  • Favourite quote: “Vulnerability is not winning or losing. It’s having the courage to show up when you can’t control the outcome.” ~Brené Brown
  • Puzzle-solving, gentle movement and meditation are major sources of relaxation for me.
  • I used to be an NCAA golfer in Virginia, USA.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Call The Balanced Practice at (613) 695-0306 to set up an appointment with Sarah today!