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Sara Mackie, MSW, RSW

Clinical Social Worker/Founder of Conscious Counselling and Wellness

Sara is a clinically trained Social Worker and Counsellor with a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor degree in Social Work from Dalhousie University, and a Bachelor of Arts specializing in the fields of Psychology and Sociology from Mount Allison University.


Sara has a strong background in crisis management, resource management, trauma-informed care and various therapeutic schools of thought from her experience working with victims of intimate partner violence, survivors of mental health challenges and eating disorders, and individuals navigating social welfare systems.


Sara has a special passion for helping individuals recognize their inherent worth and believes that all mental health and life challenges can be navigated through the partnering of client strengths, counselling, guidance, and resources.


Sara returned to Fredericton in 2017 where she had the amazing opportunities of working with Liberty Lane Inc., and Haven for Hope Counselling Centre. These experiences among others lead Sara to pursue her ultimate goal of opening her own counselling business. Through doing this, Sara hopes that Conscious Counselling and Wellness offers a safe, nonjudgemental, and healing space to her community.


Sara has a special passion for working with individuals with eating disorders as well as complex-ptsd.


Sara recently completed her recertification as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional from the International Association of Trauma Professionals/Evergreen Certifications.

Courses to maintain this designation:

2021-2022

Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification, My Vinyasa

Adult Attachment: Trauma-Informed Assessment and Treatment Interventions Across Diagnosis.

2020-2021

Essentials of Trauma Treatment 

  • Healing from the Bottom Up: How to Help Clients Access Resource States with Peter Levine

  • Couples Therapy for Treating Trauma: The Gottman Method Approach

  • Mastering the Craft of Treating Trauma - Part 1 and Part 2 with Deany Laliotis

  • The Essentials of Effective Trauma Treatment: How to Go Beyond Technique with Mary Jo Barret

  • Treating Trauma Clients at the Edge: How Brain Science Can Inform Interventions with Frank Anderson, MD

  • Cultural and Historical Traumas: Invisible Barriers to Healing and Change with Anita Mandley

  •  Overcoming Trauma-Related Shame and Self-Loathing with Janina Fisher, Ph.D

 
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Cindy Mackie, MScOT, Reg. OT (New Brunswick)

Occupational Therapist

Cindy is a Registered Occupational Therapist with a passion for helping individuals and families navigate and improve their lives by putting the “fun” in functional via means of self-regulation.


Occupational therapy is all about creating meaningful ways of being in our world through the things we do every day. Cindy helps parents and children understand how the minds and nervous systems of children interact with the structure of their environment to influence emotions, thoughts, and behaviours.


Cindy is passionate about using both educational and interactive tools to help individuals learn how to regulate their sensory, emotional and cognitive systems. Cindy values collaboration in her process and loves finding out what works for the families she works with!


Cindy graduated with an honours degree in the field of psychology (BSc) at Dalhousie University before continuing on her journey to pursue her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University. Cindy has a plethora of experience working directly with children and families from her experiences as a practicum student at the IWK through Dalhousie University MScOT program, running and working with several outdoor activity groups with children in Perth-Andover, NB, and working as a human services worker.


Cindy can’t wait to meet you and your kiddos!

 
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Anna Larmer, BSW, RSW

Clinical/Holistic Social Worker and Therapist

Anna is a clinically and holistic trained Social Worker/Counsellor. Anna has a strong background in working with children and youth at risk, young mothers, Indigenous communities, newcomers and refugees, crisis management, trauma-informed care and various therapeutic schools of thought from her experience working with victims of intimate partner violence,  those experiencing grief, survivors of intergenerational trauma,survivors of mental health challenges, eating disorders, and individuals navigating social welfare systems. 


 Anna is passionate about a balance of clinical and  holistic healing mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.


Anna specializes in cognitive behavioural therapy, outdoor adventure therapy, energy healing and healing through movement. 

 

Ashley Ho, MA Counselling Psychology (candidate)

Therapy Intern

Ashley is our current Therapy Intern and soon-to-be full time Registered Psychotherapist.


Ashley completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Thomas University and is currently completing the final practical portion of a Masters’ degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.

Some special areas of interest she holds are body image, perinatal and postnatal emotions, self-esteem, trauma, attachment, relationship issues, anxiety, emotional regulation, human rights, trans-generational trauma, holistic, family relationships and impact on one’s sense of self and social identity.


I believe that mental health issues and mental wellness are both natural human experiences. I believe the tools for building mental wellness are accessible to anyone through learning, time and consistency.​

“I look forward to meeting you!” - Ashley

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Laura Gallivan, MA Counselling Psychology

Laura is passionate about helping her clients work through their difficult emotions and become more self-accepting, develop a deeper capacity for intimacy, and form more satisfying relationships. Her work is grounded in a belief in the power of compassion and self-awareness to transform lives and facilitate healing.


 As a psychodynamically-oriented practitioner, she helps her clients build this awareness through exploration of their inner life, with particular focus on understanding how past experiences shape thoughts, feelings, and relationships in the present.


Laura values a therapeutic process that considers the whole person. She works collaboratively to ensure her clients feel heard and respected. 

Laura is a graduate of McGill University’s Master’s in Counselling Psychology program. She did her clinical training at both the McGill Psychoeducational & Counselling Clinic and the Argyle Institute of Human Relations. In these settings, she worked with adults of various ages who struggled with trauma, anxiety, depression, and OCD. 

“I look forward to meeting you and collaborating with you on your journey!”

 - Laura

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Irene Graham, Certified Yoga Instructor

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instructor

Irene is an experienced yoga instructor with a passion for mind-body connection. Irene has been teaching yoga around Fredericton for many years and is an esteemed teacher in our community. 

Irene has worked in the mental health and human services field for several years and knows from front-line experience how important trauma-informed care is. 

Irene creates a safe, open and empowering environment in all of her yoga classes.