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ABOUT SPENCER * SERVICES

Spencer * Services is a private practice owned and operated by me, Sarah A. Spencer.  I'm a Canadian Certified Counsellor, Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Career Strategist.  These designations are a result of a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Lakehead University, a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University, and ongoing professional development. In addition to this education my experience includes over 15 years supporting people in various capacities including over 2500 hours providing direct services to a diverse client base and more than 150 hours of supervised practice.

 

Though I can't promise that I'll be the right professional for you or your business, I do strive to support those who reach out to me.  In many cases,  the scope and approach of my practice fits just right with the needs and personalities of those who connect with me.  In other situations, I help clients find services that work better for them.  In all cases, I offer wellness improvement options to all those who reach out to me. My passion is to encourage the wellbeing of all people who seek to illuminate their journey, whether it be by providing them direct services or by guiding them to access better suited programs.

Spencer * Services offers a variety of services related to counselling, psychotherapy, career strategy and corporate wellness. The personal services provided, including counselling, manualized treatments and therapy, are geared to youth (16+) and adults.  The professional ones, including career strategy, supervision and consultation as well as corporate services, are geared toward job seekers, mental health professionals and employers. All are offered either individually or in group settings depending on client needs.  They cover issues such as stress management, anxiety, depression, work/life balance, self-esteem, assertiveness, grief, relationship and communication difficulties, workplace stress, personal growth, among so many more!  

Spencer * Services offers their services in a confidential and private setting.  To facilitate informed consent, interested clients can access a free 15-minute consultation by telephone or online video. Spencer * Services seeks to offer introduction and follow-up services that are affordable and accessible whether it be in-person, telephone or online.  These services are facilitated by a client management system that adheres to privacy legislation. For more information about the services offered by Spencer * Services, please review the description of services.

For more information about my qualifications and experience, visit my Linkedin profile.

 
Years of Experience

15+

Community and Social Services

10+

Career Strategy Services

7+

Mental Health Services

 

THERAPEUTIC APPROACH

Therapy is an opportunity to start conversations about personal and interpersonal growth. In taking a step on this quest to seek healthier relationships with ourselves and those that surround us, we become aware of the thoughts, emotions, behaviours, narratives and contexts that no longer serve us or negatively impact our journeys. We seek to facilitate our trek by changing unhelpful habits and conditions to try to improve our individual and collective functioning. With the support of a therapist, we collaborate to identify and work toward meaningful objectives while keeping the height of our potential in sight.

As a therapist, I seek to collaborate with my clients to have meaningful and enriching conversations that may lead to significant changes. I try to adapt my guidance toward their pursuits in ways that work best for them. Sometimes, just talking can help them move along. In some cases, I invite my clients to activate behaviourally, engage in exposure, experiential, or mindful activities or to self-reflect. Even play can help people overcome obstacles and reach new summits.

The theoretical foundation of this perspective is based on an integrative and eclectic practice inspired by modern and post-modern approaches.  For example, solution-focused practices inform my belief that clients are experts of their lived experiences and, within these experiences, have access to solutions to their concerns.  Narrative therapy inspires me to see my clients' lives as stories that can be re-imagined.  Cognitive behaviour therapy strongly influences the structure of my practice in which I encourage people to change thoughts and behaviours to make them feel better.  Finally, my practice is also impacted by common factors theory, which suggests that the most important aspect of the therapeutic process is actually how well my clients click with me and the way I approach my work.  I know that, without a positive rapport, a positive outcome is less likely.  With that in mind, I hope you'll give me a chance to try to connect with you if you're in need of support.

 

OFFERED SERVICES

Need help changing the way thoughts, emotions and behaviours are seriously affecting your wellbeing? Psychotherapy is meant to treat mental health concerns that make you daily functionning difficult through a therapeutic relationship. Spencer * Services offers psychotherapy that is tailored to client needs. 

Co-therapy

Would you like the expertise of two mental health professionals to address your concerns? Co-therapy is a service by which you can receive services from Sarah and another therapist such as an intern or another professional of your choice.  This may be helpful to people who may benefit from a second opinion or a more eclectic approach.

Are you seeking support to target a specific issue? Manualized treatments offer cognitive behavioural services to address specific symptoms or conditions.  This treatment is meant to help clients reach a single therapeutic goal using a workbook. This service includes a completion certificate if needed.

Counselling

Need to talk about and address life concerns? Counselling serivces gives you an opportunity to talk about your issues in order to promote personal growth. You counsellor will guide you in your journey toward self-development. Similarly to psychotherapy, this service is also tailored to client needs.

Group Services

Spencer * Services provides psycho-education, career direction, therapeutic and support groups based on need and demand.  If you're interested in group services or have a group in need, contact Sarah for more information.  Group services can be tailored to you and your group's needs.

Are you a mental health student or professional needing supervision or direction?  Spencer * Services may be able to provide you with the support you need.  Please call or e-mail Sarah to request more information or to send your curriculum vitae for review. 

Career Strategy

Not sure what you want to do when you grow up?  Looking for work? Need help with your job search documents?  Spencer * Services can help.  Book an introduction appointment to find out how.  Some people may need just the one session.  Others book follow-up appointments to address more in-depth career concerns.

If you're looking to hire new staff, needing to downsize or wanting to make sure your staff is well, Spencer * Services may be able to help.  Call me to talk about your corporate needs.  We can talk about screening assessment , termination services, lunch-and-learns, and many more options to ensure corporate well-being.

FEES

Spencer * Services offers free 15 minute consultations as well as
limited low-cost spots for clients who cannot afford regular fees.
For more information about and applications for low-cost options
visit the Open Path Collective https://openpathcollective.org/.
 

Psychotherapy

Introduction - $70/session

Follow-up - starting at $90/session

(sliding scale)

Co-therapy

Introduction - $70/session

Follow-up - starting at $90/session

(sliding scale)

Manualized Treatment

Introduction - $60/session

Follow-up - starting at $80/session

(sliding scale)

Counselling

Introduction - $70/session

Follow-up - starting at $90/session

(sliding scale)

Group Services

Group Session - $35/person

8-Session Series - $280/person

NO GROUPS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED

GROUPS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

SUPERVISION

Supervision | Student - $60/session

Supervision | Intern - $80/session

Consultation - $80/session

Peer Consultation Group - Negotiable

Career Strategy

Introduction - $55/session

Follow-up - $75/session

Resumes & Documents - $65 & up

Assessments - $160 & up

Corporate Services

Selection Services - $65 & up

Termination Support - $65 & up

Group Sessions - $150/hour

Subsidized Counselling - $90/session

 

CONTACT US

807-632-9626
Address

Chapple Building

303A - 101 Syndicate Ave. N.

Thunder Bay ON P7C 3V5

Appointment Hours

Tuesday  10:30 – 7:00

Thursday  10:30 – 6:30

Friday  10:30 – 7:00

Saturday  9:30 – 5:00

By Appointment Scheduling Also Available

 

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