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About Me

Hi, I'm Sarah Innis (she/her).

I'm a Nurse Practitioner Psychotherapist, and I’ve been a mental health care clinician for 15+ years. I've worked with thousands of clients with mental health concerns.

I’ve learned that each of us is really the expert in our own care. We may need some help from time to time, but I believe we all have the knowledge and intuition to lead us back to our own wellness. Working together, my focus is to create and foster a reciprocal, non-judgemental and respectful space for you to work on your goals.

Using a strength-based and humanist approach, honouring your inherent capability, wisdom and intuitive knowledge I will help you to develop the skills you need to achieve your life, health and relationship goals. 

I have extensive experience working with transgender clients helping them to make informed choices about available medical and surgical interventions. I also have a lot of experience supporting clients with anxiety, depression, PTSD and episodic psychosis. I’m competent and experienced in helping people navigate substance use concerns, whether their goals include harm reduction strategies or abstinence & sobriety support. I have helped a lot of people deal with chronic health conditions, including chronic pain. Caregiver burnout, vicarious trauma and navigating life and career changes are all in my wheelhouse. I’m also welcoming of spirituality in our work, and I think too often mental health and spiritual crises are treated as separate entities, when integration of emotions, intellect and spirit can be so crucial to your experience of wellness.

My areas of focus are:

  • Substance use issues (along a continuum from support from harm reduction to abstinence in accordance with your preference)

  • Gender identity and sexuality issues, including hormone replacement therapy assessments and gender alignment surgery assessments

  • Intimate relationship concerns

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Complex grief and PTSD

  • Navigating chronic health diagnoses and conditions

  • Life transitions in roles, identities and career

  • Health coaching (including a body positive approach, anti-diet/intuitive eating and Health At Every Size perspectives)

  • Caregiver burnout and vicarious trauma

I have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from X University (formerly Ryerson) in Toronto, a Master of Arts in Nursing from NYU, and a Master of Arts in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies from York U.  

I started my career over 20 years ago working in New York City, and then returned to Toronto where I dedicated my professional work to clients marginalized by poverty, homelessness, mental health and substance use issues. I love learning about the resourcefulness of my clients, and am constantly amazed and grateful to be part of their healing journeys.

I acknowledge that I live on unceded land that is traditional territory of many nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabe, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and that this land is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Among my passions are hiking, vegan cooking, knitting, embroidery and sewing, and hanging out with my sweet 13 year old dog. I’m Gen X with its inherent reverence for 90s fashion, riot grrrl politics and nostalgia, and DIY everything. 

College of Nurses of Ontario Reg #9417841

Member Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals #7174-G

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