Kate Sandilands, MSW, RSW
Kate holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of British Columbia, is a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers, and is a member of the BC Association of Social Workers. Her passion is in supporting youth, young adults and their family systems.
Working in Squamish, B.C., Kate primarily sees adolescents and young adults struggling with a variety of mental health-related issues such as anxiety, depression, emotion regulation, self harm, suicidal ideation, relational issues, loss, trauma and early psychosis. By working collaboratively, with a focus on compassion and connection, Kate empowers youth to achieve recovery, personal growth and change.
In her work with parents, Kate draws from developmental theories, psycho-education, emotion focused family therapy and parent coaching, with the goal of supporting caregivers to better understand and support their children (of any age). She has experience supporting individuals, families, and groups in community settings and strives to create a safe space for all clients.
Kate's approach to counselling is client-centered and strengths based, viewing individuals as experts in their own lives. Kate sees counselling as a collaborative and flexible process of identifying therapeutic goals and experiencing change. Her practice is informed by cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) and mindfulness skills training, emotion focused family therapy (EFFT) as well as narrative therapy.
In addition to her private practice, Kate works as a youth clinician for the Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health and Substance Use Services Team in Squamish. Most extended health insurers recognize Kate's services.