Areas of Interest
Sarah is a Registered Psychologist who completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Griffith University, Gold Coast, her Honours at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, and Masters of Clinical Psychology at Griffith University, Brisbane. Over the past 18 years, Sarah has gathered experience with children, adolescents, adults and families across a myriad of public and private community clinic- and research-based settings, including the Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS), the Talera Child and Family Therapy Centre, the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research (QCMHR). A focus of her work has been on helping young people to regulate difficult emotions, pains, and problems, particularly anxiety, stress, depression, anger, trauma, and worthlessness, and to develop the inner resilience to weather emotional storms.
Sarah is a quiet therapist who seeks to nurture people on a gentle therapeutic journey that values the humanistic dimension, understanding deeply through active listening, empathy, and metaphor in a safe space. She draws on Cognitive-Behavioural, Schema, Metaphorical, Attachment, Existential, Psychodynamic, creative and play therapy approaches to harmonize with the individual, their struggles, their family and their life. Sarah is particularly passionate about mindfulness-based therapies and essential companions of mindfulness such as attention and awareness, kindness, curiosity, acceptance and validation. She believes in helping people to ‘”befriend” rather than battle or avoid self and uncomfortable emotions, and in helping people to find, free or express the “true self” beneath the emotional pain.
Originally from Central West NSW, Sarah enjoys moments connecting with nature, family, the fine arts, poetry, cycling, skating and skiing. Another favourite mindful moment is the enjoyment of a great book alongside a citrus-noted latte in a calm little slice of sunshine.
Sarah-Jane Middleton can help with: