About Sarah Cowans MSW RSW

Sarah Cowans earned an undergraduate degree from Mount St. Vincent University in 2007 and a Masters of Social Work degree from Wilfred Laurier University in 2011. Since graduating, Sarah has worked for non-profits, government agencies, healthcare and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). She is a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and is registered in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

Mindfulness: Can it help?

By | May 11th, 2020|Categories: Psychotherapy & Counselling|Tags: , , |

Have you ever got into your car, driven to your destination and upon arrival have no awareness of how you got there? We spend a lot of time with our brains stuck on autopilot where we’re only half paying attention and going about our day mindlessly. This is often because we’re thinking about things that aren’t [...]

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Coping with anxiety during the COVID-19 Pandemic

By | April 14th, 2020|Categories: Psychotherapy & Counselling|

We are all feeling the effects of today’s current climate.  Not only are we overwhelmed with concerns about our health, COVID-19 is having a massive impact on our mental health. We are facing a very new reality where we are having to isolate, avoid crowds and protect our health and safety which is fuelling people’s feelings [...]

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How Mental Health Impacts Your Relationships

By | August 13th, 2019|Categories: Psychotherapy & Counselling|Tags: , |

Is your mental health impacting your relationship? Often when struggling with mental health we naturally turn to those closest to us for help. Our partners, friends and family members are usually our go-to people when we are faced with a difficult decision, a set-back and/or mental health. Seeking temporary support from our friends, family and partner [...]

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Benefits of Couples Counselling

By | June 5th, 2019|Categories: Psychotherapy & Counselling|Tags: , , , , , |

No relationship is perfect. Just like we take our car in for service, we should do the same for our relationship. Often couples wait until issues become desperate to seek help, but couples counselling is a proactive support that can help address issues before they become irreparable.   Problems in relationships can sometimes be present in [...]

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General Anxiety Disorder

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Psychotherapy & Counselling|

Top Signs You May Be Struggling with GAD Everyone has worries from time to time but when worry and stress start to consume our lives, we may not be dealing with everyday worry but rather Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Normal worry involves negative thoughts about events that may happen, but GAD is defined as excessive and [...]

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Postpartum Depression

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: Psychotherapy & Counselling|Tags: , , , |

Postpartum depression is more prevalent after pregnancy than what is often discussed. Having a baby is a joyful but also scary time where we are faced with new responsibilities and new emotions. Our physical health is put to the test; late night feedings, little to no sleep, breastfeeding and even the physical recovery from childbirth. Often [...]

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Holiday Blues: How to Cope

By | December 18th, 2018|Categories: Psychotherapy & Counselling|Tags: |

The holiday blues are more common this season than what you think. This season can be a joyous but also a very stressful time. Shopping, family get togethers overindulging on food and drinking can all take a toll on our mental and physical health. This time of year is already difficult due to the seasonal changes [...]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: Coping with the Winter Blues

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: Psychotherapy & Counselling|Tags: , , , , |

Could You Be Suffering From Seasonal Affective Disorder ? As the days get shorter, the temperatures drop and the sun shines less many of us start to notice a change in our mood and overall well being. If you start feeling like a different person as the fall and winter months approach, you may struggle with [...]

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Mental Health: Apps that can Help Improve our Mental Health

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: Psychotherapy & Counselling|

Mental Health: Apps that can Help Improve our Mental Health Nowadays there now seems to be an app for everything, from ride sharing to money management, the options are endless. In addition to the numerous lifestyle apps, there are some greats apps to help promote your mental health and wellness.   According to Statistics Canada, “approximately [...]

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Mindfulness: How do I become more mindful

By | September 18th, 2018|Categories: Psychotherapy & Counselling|Tags: , , |

People often say we need to be more mindful, present and in the moment but what does that really mean? Mindfulness has been around for centuries stemming from Buddhist practices. More recently in the 1970s,  Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn took Mindfulness principles and developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program through the University of Massachusetts. Since [...]

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