What I Do?

Hello! I’m Sarah. I am a nurse, a wife and mother, and a ‘work in progress’ just like everyone else. It is so important to acknowledge the depth of suffering that life can give us. It is also crucial to acknowledge that life is full of choices and hope. There is always some gold hidden under the rubble, if we are willing to go searching.

Over 10 years of nursing in acute care, mental health, elder and end-of-life care, has allowed me the privilege of walking alongside people with all manner of both physical and non-physical challenges.Education into complementary care practices such as teaching yoga/movement, mindfulness and breathwork, reiki and non-violent communication, has all woven together to deeply inform my approach to holistic well-being and Nurse Psychotherapy care.

I take a compassion-based, person-centered and goal-oriented approach to therapy. The focus is strengths-based, holistic and non-judgmental. Modalities utilized include Cognitive-behavioural therapy, Dialectical-behavioural therapy, somatic care, and mindfulness practises. I work alongside individuals navigating issues such as depression, anxiety, assertiveness, anger, life transitions, illness, grief etc.

I am a proud member of the CNO, BCCNM, and Nurse Psychotherapy Association of Ontario. When working with me, you can expect a safe presence to be the raw, true you. All parts of you, are welcome.

We are all beautiful, glorious messes. Hand in hand, and with great courage, I hope we can begin the trek forward to finding some gold in whatever circumstances you are facing.

Looking forward to meeting you.

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I Believe

“I believe that loving connection, courageous determination, consistent effort, and a little faith, can move mountains.”


Sarah Hollenbeck

Registered Nurse Psychotherapist | BScN, BSc

Education & Accomplishments

  • Registered Nurse, BScN (McMaster University)
  • BSc Biology (University of Guelph)
  • Palliative Care Conferences
  • Non-violent Communication Course
  • 200hr Yoga Teacher Training, and Movement instructor training
  • Mindfulness education
  • Reiki Level 2


  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Somatics
  • Mindfulness Work

Professional Memberships

  • CNO, BCCNM, Nursing Psychotherapy Association of Ontario


  • 10+ years

Sarah's Favorite Quote

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too was a gift.”

– Mary Oliver

Frequently Asked Questions With Sarah

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

People amaze me. I grew up in a family that loved depth, searching for meaning, and wondering about these things. Connecting to people is what comes most naturally to me. I deeply believe in the healing that is possible through connection, and leaning into our self work. Supporting people on their unique journey through this life is a gift and a service I have always longed to participate in.

The connection and the rawness. It is a privilege to meet people in the honesty of wherever they find themselves, connect deeply and witness their healing and transformation.

I get it! For some, it can be vulnerable to open up. For others it may be easier to stay the way we are, instead of change. There are so many reasons not to take a step forward, but it is unbelievable what can result from taking incremental steps towards becoming healthy, healed and our expanded selves. We cannot always do it alone. In fact, we were never meant to. With some outside support, faith, and a commitment to lean in, I believe we are all so capable of more than we could possibly imagine about ourselves.

I am most grateful for the loss, and the love in my life. Having lost my mother at a very young age, there is indeed still much to be integrated from that traumatic loss. But I believe these events can shape the people we become. And I was extremely blessed with the father I was given, and the many grandparents, aunts, uncles, and a large church community that loved me throughout those challenging early years.

Witnessing the courage of people broken open, surveying the pieces, and being willing to rebuild. Watching the faith of stepping forward on a healing journey, and the resulting transformations, amaze me.

Talking, and connection with another, is a deeply important part of being human. Processing and expression, feeling seen, can in and of itself be incredibly cathartic and healing. However sometimes working beyond that is also needed. Being able to take the words and move them into actions, goals, and change, is also essential. Until we can embody the learning and the lessons, it is hard to see healing and transformation over time. These are the kinds of things we will explore together.

Sarah Hollenbeck

Bayridge Counselling


  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday
    Daytime Hours


What activity instantly calms you?

Walking through the woods, when I have nowhere in particular to get to.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Lean in.

How do you enjoy spending your alone time?

With my journal, an inspiring podcast, or a good book to sink into.

Who would play you in the movie of your life?

Maggie Gyllenhaal (supposedly)

Need Help Choosing a Therapist?

If you are still trying to decide whether therapy is right for you, book a free 20-minute virtual consultation with our Clinical manager and therapist, Nicole Callander, RSSW. Nicole would be happy to answer any questions about therapy or who would be a match for your unique situation.

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