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Dr. Megan Sawatsky, Ph.D. –              practicing in our Nelson office

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Dr. Megan Sawatsky received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa, Ontario. She trained and worked in a variety of hospital, forensic, community, and private practice settings where she helped adults and youth overcome a broad spectrum of mental health concerns.

In Dr. Sawatsky’s practice at Summit Psychology Group, she works with adults, couples, and youth experiencing mental health and interpersonal challenges. Dr. Sawatsky is skilled in treating anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, borderline personality disorder, emotion dysregulation, insomnia, relationship difficulties, and sexual health concerns. Dr. Sawatsky has expertise in the treatment of substance use, including harm reduction, abstinence, and relapse prevention depending on the individual’s personal goals. She also has extensive experience working with individuals with chronic health conditions (e.g., chronic pain, diabetes) to address the impacts of chronic illness and to develop self-management skills and resiliency.

As a scientist-practitioner, Dr. Sawatsky applies evidence-based approaches while thoughtfully tailoring services to meet clients’ unique needs and goals. Dr. Sawatsky is trained in cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), acceptance-commitment therapy (ACT), emotionally-focused therapy (EFT), interpersonal therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and insight-oriented approaches. For couples therapy, her primary approach is emotionally-focused therapy (EFT).

Dr. Sawatsky continues to be an active researcher in the area of human sexuality. She has been the recipient of numerous research grants and awards from provincial and national funding agencies, and she has won awards at national academic conferences for her work on the psychophysiology of women’s sexual responses. She is also a published author in the area of concurrent substance use and psychiatric disorder treatment.

Dr. Sawatsky is currently in the process of applying for registration with the College of Psychologists of BC and the College of Alberta Psychologists. During the registration process, she is supervised by Ms. Robin Swift and Dr. Helen Peel, Registered Psychologists working with Summit Psychology Group.

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