North York, ON Couples Therapy: Sari Burkes, MSW, RSW

Irene is the founder of Couples In Step. Here is Irene’s account of  how Sari came to join Couples In Step:

Sari approached me (Irene) early in January 2020 about joining Couples In Step as a couple’s therapist. I had a sense that Sari could be a good fit with Couples In Step! She was personable, efficient, and had a good variety of work experiences.  I was disappointed when I learned she needed further Couples Therapy training before Couples In Step could consider her. I gave her some suggestions for further training and then forgot about Sari.

To my surprise, and delight, Sari approached me again, less than a year later, having not only followed through on my training suggestions, but exceeding them! And, I discovered, her enthusiasm to help couples repair their relationships  mirrors my own.

Sari’s thirst to become a more excellent therapist has not stopped. She is well on the way to certification in Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy. Sari meets regularly with an EFT consultant to review her learning and progress in mastering couple’s therapy.

I am thrilled that couples who approach Couples In Step for therapy will have the opportunity to have Sari as their therapist.

Sari has worked internationally and appreciates the nuances of culture and each partner’s lived experience and story.

Sari has experience in

  • Child and family mental health
  • Infant and maternal mental health
  • Primary attachment relationships
  • Stress and trauma
  • Parent and caregiver support
  • Psychosocial care for pregnant asylum seekers
Experience, Training: Sari Burkes

Location for North York

Sari Burkes, MSW, RSW sees client couples via online therapy from her office in North York.

146 Brighton Ave., North York, ON M3H 4E2, Canada

The North York Couples in Step office is located in the north-west corner of North York, Toronto, just a few minutes north of the 401 & the Allen Expressway. This office serves couples living in Toronto, North York, Vaughn, Etobicoke, Willowdale, Woodbridge and Downsview. Because Sari sees couples via online therapy couples from anywhere in Ontario can work with Sari.

I strive to create a trusting space where I can support you and your partner to  strengthen the bonds of your significant relationships and improve your emotional connection and closeness with each other.

I am so pleased to be looking through the lens of attachment and bonding in my work with couples. I appreciate the compass Irene gave me in early 2020 as I was looking for a path into the world of couples therapy.

  • BSc Psychology (McGill, Montreal, QC)
  • Masters of Social Work (Wilfred Laurier, Kitchener, ON)

The therapists at Couples In Step all have EFT (through ICEEFT) certification as a goal. Each therapist is at different stage along that journey. The journey towards EFT certification involves sequences of training and consultation with EFT consultants and then finally an extensive submission to the umbrella ICEEFT organization of the therapist’s work. There’s a large time commitment as well as sizeable financial commitment to get to ICEEFT certification.

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