Kara Alan is one of our clinical counsellors. As she sees it, working with clients intensively, for a short-term in inpatient treatment, is an opportunity to give them a launching pad into the new life that they choose. She does her utmost to give her clients the tools and skills they need to succeed when they leave Sandstone.
She believes that eliminating shame is crucial to allowing clients to fulfill their full potential. Her desire is not to walk in front of clients, but to walk beside them because, “You are the only expert on you.” Kara believes that addressing things from a holistic perspective - including not just mental and emotional health, but also physical, sexual, and spiritual health - is important as individuals move towards recovery.
In addition to working with individuals with addictions, Kara has extensive experience working with clients with eating disorders and addictive behaviours surrounding consuming or restricting food. She frequently works with women with a trauma background.
Kara has additional training in acceptance and commitment therapy and is currently working towards status as a registered provisional psychologist.