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Sarah Karesa, M.Ed., R.Psych

Associate Professor

Sarah is a Registered Psychologist with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Lethbridge. She is a published researcher, professional speaker, and mental health advocate who uses her professional and personal experience to provide the best possible support for her clients.

Sarah Karesa has been associate professor with City University of Seattle’s Edmonton Campus for over 3 years. In this role, she instructs future counsellors in the areas of grief and loss, group counselling, and professional practice. In addition, she supervises practicum students in her role as Counselling Program Manager with the Edmonton Healing Centre. 


Sarah’s research and academic writing has largely focused on the role of psychologists in Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). Her current research interests include thanatology (i.e., the study of death and dying), grief and loss, and the experience of caregivers for individuals who are dying or have dementia.  


Sarah’s teaching style is based on the same principles on her work with clients – transparency, integrity, compassion/understanding, and fairness/equity. Consistent with these values, she encourages her students to push past their limits to become the best counsellor they can be. When they need a little extra help, she is there to offer her support and guidance since it is in the moments we don’t succeed that we do the most learning. While everyone may not enjoy the subject matter as she does, she always strives to instill a little of her passion into everyone she teaches. 


CPC 511 (Grief and Loss)

CPC 527 (Group Counselling)

CPC 654 (Practicum I)

CPC 655 (Practicum II)

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