Sarah Kinsley (she/her) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and holds a MEd in Counselling from the University of Victoria, a BEd in Education from Queen’s University and a BA (Hons) in Indigenous Studies/Spanish from Trent University. Sarah is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SETM) certified through the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute.
Sarah is grateful to be based on the unceded territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Esquimalt and Songhees) peoples on the beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Currently, Sarah teaches in certificates in Mindfulness-based programs at Royal Roads University and The University of Toronto. She accompanies people in individual counselling through First Nations Health Authority and in private practice focusing on Somatic Experiencing. Sarah co-designs and co-facilitates a 100-hour Yoga Teacher Training: Trauma Informed Practice: on and off the mat.
In addition, she is honoured to be part of a research study at SickKids® Foundation offering MARS-A (Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents) to youth.
Recently, she was the key instructor and co-coordinator for the graduate certificate in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and Learning (MBTL) at The University of the Fraser Valley. She has extensive training in Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Sarah completed a year-long training in MBCT facilitation and the Advance Teacher Training at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies.
Sarah is a former primary school teacher and registered Yoga teacher for adults and children (E-RYT 500, RCYT). She has completed four Yoga Teacher Training courses and has studied with various schools in North America and Asia; such as, Yoga Vidya Gurukul: Institute for Research and Education in Yoga, The Sanada Devi School of Yoga, Yoga in Your School, and Yin Yoga training with Carly Forest. She has studied Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) with David Emerson and Nicola Mosley. She is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider® (YACAP®). Sarah is the author of Yoga Therapy: Ancient Therapy for Today’s Body, Mind and Spirit, a textbook chapter used in counselling education programs throughout North America.