I am a secular counselor with a humanistic approach, although I incorporate a variety of theories in my practice. My goal is to create a safe space for you to feel accepted, respected, and heard. I have a background working with trauma and shame and have found that being able to share the burden of your secrets without judgement is healing. This is one of my favorite poems,
You feel heavy because you are so full of truth.
Open your mouth more, let the truth exist
Somewhere other than inside your body.”
I have worked in mental health since 2005 and have a strong foundation in managing mental health symptoms, personality disorders, and trauma including religious abuse. Other proclivities include LGBTQ+ population, those with high-functioning Autism, and the socially awkward. I am committed to being an ally and an advocate and strive to provide culturally and socially competent therapy by listening first, keeping an open mind, and continuing to educate myself.
This has been a tumultuous year and it may feel like we are going from crisis to crisis. Bryant McGill said, “Crisis is what suppressed pain looks like; it always comes to the surface. It shakes you into reflection and healing.” Whether you are at a place now of reflection and healing or just trying to survive the chaos, I am glad you are here, and I am glad to be here with you. I look forward to getting to know you.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Avoidant Personality, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dependent Personality, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Dissociation, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Emptiness, Expats, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Hearing Impaired, HIV / AIDS, Hoarding, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Immigration Issues, Impulsivity, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Jealousy, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Narcissism, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexual Dysfunction, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Trichotillomania, Visually Impaired, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems
MO LCSW 2008008965
Sara understands my needs, my functions, and my situations better than most people I’ve ever met or known for years, and always makes me feel valid in my feelings I share. I look forward to every session knowing that afterward I am going to feel completely heard and seen and without shame for my thoughts and feelings, which of course isn’t always true with our friends and confidantes, so it’s such an invaluable resource to be able to experience that with someone who understands and provides support and guidance.
Written on Oct 12, 2022 after therapy with Sara for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life change
She is the best.
Written on Apr 26, 2022 after therapy with Sara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd
Sara is... a breath of fresh air. She is exactly what I imagined a therapist to be when I signed up with Betterhelp. From lending a kind ear, to giving practical/supporting, yet true advice and allowing you a space to introspect...she is amazing all round and I feel so safe and listened too.
Written on Apr 21, 2022 after therapy with Sara for 2 weeks on issues concerning lgbt, relationship issues, self esteem, and coaching
Sara has been such a welcome and valued addition to my life. We’ve only just begun but I have already learned a number of valuable things from her. I can’t wait to continue!
Written on Apr 20, 2022 after therapy with Sara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Sara is very helpful, understanding & able to identify the root of problems very effortlessly! She has a gift and I’m so grateful she’s been such an amazing therapist!
Written on Dec 31, 2021 after therapy with Sara for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties
Written on Oct 17, 2021 after therapy with Sara for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd