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Sara Nielsen, LCPC, LPC

Stress, Anxiety LGBT Trauma and abuse Eating disorders Depression
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About me

I am an LPC (licensed practicing counselor) in the State of Alabama and have been practicing for about 15 years. I have about 20 years of experience working in the field. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, self-esteem, OCD, ADHD and many other concerns. I have worked in a wide variety of settings, including residential treatment, inpatient hospitalization, correctional settings, outpatient and online format as well. I specialize in working with people who have experienced trauma, have relationship issues with food, eating disorders and those who identify as LGBTQ. This is a safe space!

My counseling style is collaborative, interactive and guided by your needs. This is a safe space, where you will not find judgment. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, acceptance commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness based, strengths based and other styles of counseling. I will tailor to your needs and expressed wishes; we will together to determine your therapeutic needs.

I recognize the difficulty of seeking help and of creating change; I am here to help you every step of the way! I look forward to working with you!

Professional experience

15yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Body Image, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hoarding, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Jealousy, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues

Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information

KS LCPC 2756

AL LPC 4529

MO LPC 2008025315


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Sara Nielsen. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Sara has been a great help with starting therapy back up. She listens and challenges you to think about things in a different light - in the best way possible. Would highly recommend her.

Written on Jan 13, 2023 after therapy with Sara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, and self esteem

Sara is the most amazing therapist! I have a couple therapists in the past that were very good but not quite the right fit for me and I really wanted someone to challenge and push me. She is such a perfect balance of that person to challenge me while validating and listening and empathetizing with everything I say and go through. She asks questions that make me think and actually look at my own thought processing, beliefs of the world and my inner world and self, and my actions. I never feel like I am "on the stand" or have to prove my thoughts or feelings but I am directed to challenge myself and I see real, lasting change! I have grown and healed more with her as my therapist for the short time we have already been together than I have in the 3 years of therapy I was in before her! I highly, highly recommend her!

Written on Nov 02, 2022 after therapy with Sara for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Sara is thorough and methodical in making sure she gets to really know me, understands my past and current struggles, and helps me see more clearly. With her support, I am beginning to find the root causes of my suffering and make healthy steps to move forward.

Written on Oct 12, 2022 after therapy with Sara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Sara has been wonderful to me, just what I need.
Thank you!

Written on Oct 07, 2022 after therapy with Sara for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and coping with life changes

As of right now I think she understands me

Written on Sep 26, 2022 after therapy with Sara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

She has been amazing

Written on Sep 23, 2022 after therapy with Sara for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd