Mental Health Counselling

Mental Health Counselling Services

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Our Registered Clinical Counsellor, Sara Magner, works with individuals, children, families, and couples. She uses a combined approach of Reality Therapy (RT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help clients. Reality Therapy was developed by William Glasser in 1965. As he stated “…it is what you choose to do in a relationship, not what others choose to do, that is the heart of reality therapy.” RT focuses on the present views and behavior as a choice, also known as Choice Theory. RT targets accountability and responsibility for one’s own choices in life versus focusing on the diagnosis or cognitive deficiencies. The goal is to empower individuals to have power and control over their own life, improve relationships around them, and help individuals reach the goals they set for themselves.

Reality therapy is a form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) that focuses on changing one’s thought process as a core issue. CBT is a structured approach and is based on the philosophy that thoughts lead to feelings and behaviors. This approach helps individuals find the root of the issue feeding into problematic behaviors and helps them create change in their life. Many tools used to help create change also involve changing self-talk and create healthy ways of responding to situations, common tools of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). DBT focuses on distress tolerance, emotional regulation, interpersonal relationships, and mindfulness.

With some individuals, a preferred treatment may be: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. This form of therapy is a research-based approach that focuses on the neurological basis of trauma and restructures how the brain stores this trauma. This approach is unique in which it can create quick results for appropriate clients and requires less “talk therapy” and focuses on a mindful/visual approach. These approaches have helped individuals struggling with:

    • Family Conflict
    • Personality Disorders
    • Interpersonal relationship issues
    • Mood Disorders
    • Anxiety
    • Behavioral Issues
    • Depression
    • Substance Abuse
    • Trauma
    • Grief and Loss
    • Self-Esteem Issues
    • And more…


“Sara has a depth of understanding and exceptional ability to help people get to their foundation issues to create a positive healing process; and a special gift for working with people in their teen years. Sara does this work with grace, patience, humor and compassion.” ~Gretchen G.

“We are so incredibly grateful for the guidance, patience and professionalism that Sara provided to our daughter and our family in the darkest hour of need. Our daughter had deep emotional struggles that tore our family apart for more than three years. We went through several therapists, behavioral hospitals, psychiatrists without any success. Sara was able to reach our daughter and help her identify her issues and give her the tools to overcome them. She was always attentive and responsive to not just our daughter’s needs, but to ours as well. Always there to give us strength and also comfort. Thanks to Sara, we got our daughter back!” ~Sandra H.

“Ms Magner was a therapist for a teenage family member. Ms. Magner was empathetic, insightful, and caring. Her calm demeanor, patience and genuine concerns for her patients elicited a lot of trust from her patients and their families. We highly recommend this wonderful therapist.” ~Anonymous

“Sara Magner is a support for our daughter and family that stands head and shoulders above any others with whom our family has worked in both residential and out-patient settings. In fact, even our other children, who had therapists over the years as needed, have never reported the kind of rapport with someone who has held our daughter absolutely accountable for her actions while standing right beside her with kindness and respect too. Sara’s unique manner allows every participant to feel facilitated in what may be the most difficult situation they will ever face.
Sara is very good with teens and their families who have challenges that may be more serious than situational anxiety and depression. She effectively addresses substance abuse as a poor coping mechanism to trauma as well as family system dysfunction. Although very impactful through direct dialogue, Sara is also extremely likeable and respectful to all participants which makes them more likely to show up to address extremely difficult situations.” ~Anonymous

For specific questions, Email:

Sara Magner, M. Ed., Registered Clinical Counsellor –

Or Contact 250-306-9283 to book a session


Fee rate as of June 1, 2022:

  • 15 minute phone consultation – Free
  • 60 minute Individual Counseling Session – $120
  • 60 minute Child/Family Counseling Session – $120
  • 60 min Couples Counseling Session – $120

Fee rate  as of June 1, 2022:

  • 15 minute phone consultation – Free
  • 60 minute child/family session – $120
  • 90 minute EMDR session (for more intense processing) – $180

Find out more about these approaches:

Reality Therapy (RT):
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT):

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR):