Dr Sarah Cockell

Dr Sarah Cockell

My areas of expertise

I am a registered psychologist with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I completed my graduate training at UBC. I have two areas of expertise: eating disorders and health psychology.

From 2001-2008, I worked in the Eating Disorders Program at St Paul’s Hospital, where I coordinated an intensive treatment program for individuals with long standing, unrelenting, anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Since then I have been working in the Heart Center at St Paul’s Hospital where I provide psychological services to individuals who have congenital heart defects and other cardiac conditions.

In my private practice I provide psychological services to individuals with a wide range of struggles, including eating disorders, depression, anxiety, post partum anxiety or depression, trauma (including abuse), anger, relationship problems and adjusting to life with a chronic health condition. I also have a special interest in helping individuals and couples who are having trouble conceiving, and/or who are pursuing assisted reproduction.

My approach to therapy

Several times in life we are all hit with something that’s really tough. We feel terrible. We don’t like it. We want it to go away. We do a variety of things in an effort to feel better. Some of us withdraw, hide, distract, or do other things that allow us to avoid the problem. Others speak up, attack, or, or do a variety of things to try to control the situation. These things may help in the short term however, they can also create additional problems and then we find ourselves back where we began, often worse off.

I provide a variety of approaches to help people as they gain a clear understanding of their problems, what they might be doing to make matters worse, what they need to do take responsibility, and what they need to learn in order to live life more in line with the things that matter the most to them.

I have experience with a variety of evidence based treatments, including Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I recognize that some people come to therapy wanting to talk, but they are not yet ready to take action, while others have already done a lot of contemplating but want to know what exactly to do differently. With this in mind I match my suggestions based on their level of readiness. This is particularly relevant for individuals who have eating disorders or other addictions.

I have travelled through Europe and Asia, and I have lived abroad, so I understand some of the challenges and opportunities of living in new places and amongst different cultures. I welcome diversity and maintain a curious stance around customs and choices that are less familiar to me.

I am a registered psychologist in the province of British Columbia.

I work on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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To make an appointment with Dr Cockell, please call Changeways Clinic at 604 871 0490 during office hours, or email us at clientservices@changeways.com.