I am a licensed independent clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience providing counseling services to adolescents, adults and families. I work a great deal with adolescents and young adults dealing with anxiety, learning issues, depression, ADHD, OCD, self-esteem, anger issues and experience working with military families. I have a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland-Baltimore in Social Work. I completed internships in the school system and hospital system working with children with complex medical needs. I currently am a school social worker in the Washington, DC area.
I use a variety of therapy techniques helping my clients reach their goals that are set in a collaborative process. I strongly believe that it is a team approach in helping my client's achieve success in their treatment. My counseling style is warm and interactive. I strive on being honest with my clients and providing a safe environment to express their needs and feelings. My integrative approach combines cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral therapy and solutions-focused approach. I will also ask for you open feedback about how you feel our sessions and goals are progressing. I have training in EMDR, TF-CBT and sand tray therapy.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, body combat and boot camp classes, searching for new instant pot recipes and traveling.
It is hard to ask for help and you have taken the first step in doing so, so that is one step towards achieving your goals. I am here to support you in your journey to happiness.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Grief, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Depression, Adoption and Foster Care, Blended Family Issues, Communication Problems, Fertility Issues, Midlife Crisis, Postpartum Depression, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
VA LCSW 0904010911
Sara is awesome I love talking with her
Written on Jan 13, 2021 after therapy with Sara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes
My time with her has been wonderful and I can tell the growth I’ve made from our time together.
Written on Aug 05, 2020 after therapy with Sara for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coaching
Sara is always on time and listens to me. She offers great advice and is overall a lovely person.
Written on Apr 15, 2019 after therapy with Sara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem