Meet the Team
We are two sisters who grew up in a small town, therefore we understand the importance and need for mental health support in rural communities.
As parents ourselves, we have also seen the need for services geared towards children, youth, and caregivers. We are both registered social workers with prior community and hospital experience. We look forward to meeting your family's- and the community's- needs for mental health support.
Brittany Bent BSW, MSW, RSW
Children (10 and under)
Sara Emptage BSW, MSW, RSW
Hi! I'm Brittany!
Welcome to the first step to a new way forward! I believe the therapeutic relationship and collaboration are some of the biggest tools to aid in creating positive change. By providing a space that is non-judgmental, and client-centered, my goal is to help individuals build self-esteem, improve communication, and further develop their emotional, vocabulary, and regulation skills. I hope that parents and children will find confidence in themselves and their ability to take on challenges in their life using the skills, methods, and techniques discussed in session.
Approach to therapy:
I view communication as the basic need for children and parents alike. Using play in session allows the child to “go back to the basics” in how they communicate, which aids in building the opportunity to better manage their conflicts, feelings, and behaviours. I practice from an attachment lens to understand the child’s relation to others and use interventions drawn from modalities such as CBT, Motivational Interviewing, DBT, Play Therapy, and Solution-focused Therapy.
Education and Experience:
Master of Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work
Advanced Diploma in Child and Youth Work
Additional Certifications and Trainings:
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Level 1
Suicide Intervention (safeTALK, ASIST)
Hi, I’m Sara! I look forward to working with you on your journey! I have extensive experience working in a residential treatment facility with youth experiencing complex mental health (anxiety, depression, PTSD, etc.), family conflict, and developmental trauma. In our teen years, many things can and will change, which can leave a young person to feeling overwhelmed, not heard, and/or struggling to embrace a new identity amongst other difficulties. I recognize how challenging seeking counselling support can be, as a parent or a young person, and am very intentional in making the space a comfortable and safe environment. Our life stories speak volumes, and I look forward to helping you write the next chapter of your story.
Approach to therapy:
As a Social Worker, individual, and parent, I value compassion and collaboration. Working from both a trauma-informed and attachment lens, I practice a client-centered approach to address the diverse needs of the individuals I work with. This means I meet the individual where they're at in their journey. I draw upon evidence-based practices including, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Strength Based Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness.
Education and Experience
Master of Social Work Degree
Bachelor of Social Work Degree
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and Sociology
Additional Certificates and Trainings:
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy through Wilfred Laurier University
Adolescent Suicide Intervention and Prevention
Eating Disorders in Adolescents