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Sara Coyle MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker

Independent Associate

FEE : $165/hr
  • Individual Therapy, Child Therapy, Family Therapy, Supervision (Ages 7+)
  • Stress, Anxiety, Developmental Trauma, Adoption, Attachment

I support youth and adults with processing and healing from trauma, stressors, and challenging life experiences. These stressors show up in our bodies in several ways which may include anxiety, chronic pain, health difficulties, sleep disturbance, etc. or just not feeling yourself. The folks I support may have experienced childhood trauma or attachment difficulties, or they may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress due to work, relationships, school or more recent challenging life experiences. I strongly believe in the child/youth’s caregiver(s) involvement in therapy process to better support their youth outside therapy sessions.

I use Somatic Experiencing approaches to help folks notice the story their body is telling them and begin to find safety in their body to feel more regulated, calm and increase their capacity to enjoy everyday life. I utilize Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy approaches with children/youth and caregivers to help strengthen their relationships.

I know it can be difficult to reach out and I strive to create an environment that ensures you feel comfortable, safe and cared for. I focus on creating strong therapeutic connections with folks in a nonjudgmental, accepting, and empathetic way. Please reach out to connect before booking a session to see if we may be the right therapeutic fit!


September 2022: Somatic Experiencing (SEP)

September 2022: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

June 2018: Permanency and Adoption Competency Certification (PACT)


April 2016: Masters of Social Work

April 2011: Honours Bachelor of Arts with Specialization in Psychology

Relevant Work Experience

September 2016 - October 2023: Clinical Case Consultant for the Therapeutic Family Care Program (TFC). I provided clinical services to children and families involved with the child welfare system in family homes. I supported caregivers and other professionals with understanding the function of their children and youth's behaviours from an attachment and trauma-informed lens and collaborated with schools and community agencies to support families with obtaining the support they needed. I also provided individual and dyadic psychotherapy to children, youth and caregivers utilizing somatic experiencing and dyadic developmental psychotherapy. Lastly, I created and provided training and education to caregivers, schools, agency staff and community agencies about supporting children with trauma histories in schools and at home.

January 2016 - August 2016: MSW Intern and Clinical Therapist at Kinark Child and Family Services. I provided clinical interventions to children and families using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I assessed client's needs using clinical skills and collaborated with children, youth and families to develop and implement therapy plans. I also co-facilitated anxiety groups for children.

February 2013 - August 2016: Residential Counsellor at Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre, a residence for women and families who were experiencing domestic violence. I provided crisis intervention and individual counselling to women in the residence and developed and implemented workshops for residents.

356 Woodroffe Ave., Entrance G/H, Suite 201, Ottawa, ON, K2A 3V6
(613) 699-0060

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