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SARAH DAVIS, PHD, RCC

About Me

I’ve had the privilege of working with students, educators, and families in a variety of settings and roles for over fifteen years. From working in education as a high school counsellor to my current roles as registered clinical counsellor (RCC), learning coach, consultant, and postsecondary instructor, my priority has been to help students find and define success for themselves. 

I acknowledge with respect that I am an uninvited guest on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples and the Songhees, WSÁNEĆ, and Esquimalt peoples who also have historical relationships with this land I feel so gracious to call my home.

I love spending time with my family and friends in the beautiful outdoors of Vancouver Island, including sailing, kayaking, hiking, paddleboarding, and camping, as well as playing hockey, cooking, volunteering, and supporting the local arts and theatre scene in Victoria.

My Counselling Approach 

  • My counselling philosophy is to help people solve their own problems through a collaborative process. Together with my clients, we focus on (1) their thoughts and feelings about their current life, and (2) their goals for their life; my approaches to counselling address the discrepancy between these two.

  • In my counselling, I draw from solution-focused therapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy approaches. Both these approaches focus on the present and future (rather than the past), are goal-oriented, and are suitable for short-term counselling. 

  • I work with all ages of clients, especially students, who are seeking short-term counselling to help take steps toward solving a problem they are having.

  • Read more about my counselling approach here.

My Learning Coach Approach

With over fifteen years of experience working with students, I'm excited to bring my knowledge and expertise to learning coaching. My approach in working with students is to help them identify their biggest academic challenges, learn the basics of self-regulated learning and how to apply them to their course work, and optimize their studying and learning approaches. Or, in other words, I help students customize what we know from research to make it work for themselves! I'm excited to help students succeed by trying new things, honing the strategies they already use, and making connections between learning and other areas of their life in which they are successful.

My goal in working as a learning coach with students is to work with students for a couple of months at the most. However, some students may find it helpful to work with me over their educational career. Often, students may work with me to master academic challenges in the transition from one level to another (for example, navigating all the changes from high school to university), and may need some top-up sessions later on when material becomes more difficult, or other challenges arise.

I worked as a Learning Strategist through the Centre for Accessible Learning and with International Student Services at the University of Victoria. I’ve also taught a postsecondary educational psychology learning-to-learn course, where I taught postsecondary students about learning science theories, principles, and practices to optimize their learning. I am an expert in self-regulated learning, which is a much-researched area of educational psychology. Through these experiences, I’ve developed a passion for supporting students to be successful.

Educational and Professional Background

I’ve worked as a secondary English teacher, a high school counsellor, a gifted and talented educator, and a postsecondary instructor in Canada, the US, and England. I also worked at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development where I started my journey as an advocate for gifted and talented students.

I have a MA in School Counselling from the University of Iowa, where my coursework and experience included a focus on counselling gifted and talented students. In 2020, I completed my PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Victoria with Dr. Allyson Hadwin, and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in BC. I have completed recent counselling professional development in solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy, and family therapy.