Sarah’s background is geographically broad and deep, having studied and trained in Hong Kong, Canada, and in the UK. She is currently a Registered Art Therapist, Canadian Art Therapy Association; a Registered Clinical Counsellor, British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (Canada) and is President (2013 – 2017) & Professional Member of the Hong Kong Association of Art Therapists. She is fluent in English and Cantonese and proficient in Mandarin.

Her experience includes working with children and youth, refugees, and on issues of trauma, substance abuse, and family/domestic violence. She works as a freelance Art Therapist and Clinical Counsellor at Schools, Universities, Colleges, NGO Agencies, and in Corporations  delivering individual counselling, art therapy groups, workshops, and staff development training on Team-building, Professionalism, Stress Management, Inter/Intra-personal Relationships, Parenting, Effective Communication, Introduction to Art Therapy, Sensitive Use of Art, Child/Adolescent Development and Mental Health.

She has a Masters in Counselling and Applied Psychology: Art Therapy Specialization, from Campus Alberta, Canada, a Graduate Level Diploma (Art Therapy), from Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, Canada, a BA in Education (Art Education), from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, and an Advanced Teacher Education, Grantham College of Education, Hong Kong, and a Teachers’ Certificate, Northcote College of Education, Hong Kong.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

  • Satir’s Systemic Brief Therapy – Level 1. (Satir Institute of The Pacific)
  • Bereavement Counselling. (Burnaby Hospice Program, Burnaby Hospital)
  • Treating Complex Psychological Trauma: A Clinical Course on Effective Approaches and Strategies. (Justice Institute of BC, JIBC)
  • Grief, Loss and Attachment Issues in Working with Children. (JIBC)
  • Putting a Youth Twist into Substance Use Information and Youth Services. (JIBC)
  • Child-centered Play Therapy. (JIBC)
  • Dealing with Interpersonal Conflicts. (JIBC)
  • Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Symposium. (Cross-cultural Mental Health Program, VGH)
  • Children Who Witness Abuse: Counsellor’s Training, Module 1, 2, 3. (BCYSTH)
  • Crisis Line Volunteer Training. (Chimo Crisis Line)
  • Serial Drawing. (BC Association of Play Therapy)
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) for Business Communication Skills (HK – APTI)

PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY MEETINGS /PROJECTS (BC, CANADA)

  • North Vancouver Roundtable (on domestic violence issue)
  • Media Project on Family Violence Prevention – Chinese Advisory Committee Violence Is Preventable Project (working with schools on awareness of family violence)
  • Children Who Witnessed Abuse Regional Networking Table
  • Children Hospital – Handbooks for children, parents, and professionals on impacts on children experienced family violence
  • Burnaby Schools – Project Hope
  • Legal services Society – Focus group on brochures of family violence laws New Westminster Victim Services Coordination
  • Burnaby Early Childhood Development Networking Table: Understanding Early Years Committee and Refugee Action Team Committee
  • Richmond Domestic Violence Networking Table
  • Healthy Eating Active Living Project
  • Success by 6 Project – Parenting needs of immigrant families
  • Chinese Social Services Worker Networking Table