The path we travel in life can be full of surprises.

One minute our route seems clear, the trail feels manageable and offers us spectacular views. The next moment we’re met with a winding road, difficult terrain, and it feels like we’re climbing a metaphorical incline with rocks in our backpack. Maybe you can’t envision yourself entering the forest to begin with.

Through virtual therapy, I specialize in supporting adults across Ontario who are living will illness, pain or disability.

You may be navigating an unexpected diagnosis, struggling with challenging symptoms or are trying to cope with an uncertain future.

You don’t have to travel this path alone.

Sarah is sitting on a chair with her left hand on her hip. She's in the garden and smiling at the camera.

Hi, I’m Sarah. A registered social worker who also lives with chronic illness, pain & disability.

I’ve known hardship, and I know you have too. It’s likely that which has led both of us here today. By making space for the peaks & valleys in life, I’ve found that deep meaning, connection and joy can be found even in the midst of pain, uncertainty and challenge.

I bring my whole self to our sessions and integrate lived experience with evidence-based practice and intuition. My approach is warm, calm, and practical with a sprinkle of humour.

I am truly honoured to support you on your journey.

I’m so pleased to offer a free 20-minute discovery phone call so we can learn about each other and decide if I’m the right fit for you at this time in your life.

Let’s Work Together

Virtual Services

I offer virtual therapy sessions by telephone or secure video to adults across Ontario, Canada. With flexible online booking you can schedule a time that suits your needs.

My hourly rate is $140 and I offer evening availability.

Do these concerns sound familiar?

You want to talk to someone who gets what it’s like to live with illness & disability. You may be feeling isolated and like the people in your life don’t quite understand what you’re going through.

You are anticipating a flare up of your symptoms, new condition or change in your abilities in the future and aren’t sure how you’ll cope with it. Perhaps this has happened to you already and it’s been difficult.

You’re dealing with overwhelming or big feelings and you feel like they’re getting in the way but you’re not sure what to do with them.

You’ve tried different treatments and strategies to get rid of your pain, symptoms or cure your illness but it hasn’t been as successful as you’d like. Maybe you’re at a point where you’d like to learn to live with your health situation instead of always struggling against it.

You’re not sure how, what or who to share your health story with or how to talk about what you need from others in a way that feels authentic to you.

You’re hypervigilant to bodily sensations or find yourself living only in your head as it’s difficult to be in tune with your body in a way that feels safe and supportive.

You are or have experienced ableism and/or discrimination relating to your health, body, abilities or other aspect of your identity.

You’re struggling with how the changes to your health and abilities have impacted or will impact your relationships, work, day to day activities or other areas of your life.

You like the idea of feeling calm, balanced and in control but it seems like your health and body have other plans.

I’d be happy to discuss if I’m the right fit for you at this time.


Exploring uncertainty in illness

My first brush with uncertainty rooted in illness (that I can remember) occurred when I was ten years old and facing my first open heart surgery. It wasn’t until my sociology of health and illness courses in undergrad, around age 21, that I learned there were people, words and theories that talked about what I experience/d yet could not name.

On choosing social work

I would like to share some of the reasons I ending up finally choosing social work and what I was thinking when I applied to the MSW program in late 2014. I put myself out there in a way that felt bold but true..

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Contact Information

Sarah Elizabeth McMillan, MA MSW RSW | License #831933

Online Booking & Client Portal: sarahemcmillan.janeapp.com

Email: sarahemcmillan.rsw@gmail.com

Telephone: (647) 370 9624

Mailing address:

PO Box 97012
Roncesvalles Post Office
Toronto ON

Please allow 24 to 48 hours for me to respond to your call/email. Unfortunately, I cannot receive text messages at this time. If you are in crisis please dial 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.

I wish to acknowledge the land I live and work on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and I am grateful to have the opportunity to live and work on this land.