About me

Hello!
First of all, take a second and give yourself a ton of praise for recognizing that you are having difficulties and reaching out for help! You have already conquered one of the most difficult steps in the process!

So a little about me…My name is Sarah Axley and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I obtained my education at Virginia Commonwealth University in psychology and social work. In addition to my Master's Degree in Social Work, I also completed a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Aging Studies with VCU’s Department of Gerontology. I have provided psychotherapy since 2009 in an outpatient mental health clinic, an intensive community-based setting and now in a hospital, where I am currently employed full time. I obtained my License in Clinical Social Work in 2012 while doing my clinical work in an outpatient mental health service where I worked with individuals of all ages, backgrounds and with various diagnosis, to include Depressive Disorders, Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma Related Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders. I am considered to be an LGBTQ+ informed psychotherapist. I have experience working with clients dealing with grief/loss. I have also provided psychotherapy services to help clients better manage stressors due to COVID and the current social and political climate. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a collaborative one. Whether it is to process/gain insight, to build on skills to manage symptoms, to change thinking patterns to better serve you, to improve communication, etc., we can work together to help you to better understand yourself and to help achieve your goals. I use a combination of evidence-based therapeutic approaches (cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, mindfulness training, etc.), based on your needs and preferences. I operate from a strength’s perspective. You are more resilient than you realize. With the right and knowledge and tools, you can manage anything! I see clients Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday late morning/afternoons. In between sessions, you will likely be completing tasks to help you work to achieve your goals. That is where a lot of the work happens!

If I sound like I could be a good fit for you and what you’re looking for in a psychotherapist, let’s do this!

Warm regards and well wishes,

Sarah Axley, LCSW


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Autism and Asperger Syndrome , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 12

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

VA LCSW 0904008055


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Sarah Axley. 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.

Written on Oct 24, 2022 after therapy with Sarah for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Sarah is very good at active listening and gives constructive advice. I truly enjoy working with her.

Written on Jul 01, 2022 after therapy with Sarah for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life change

She’s a great therapist

Written on Mar 11, 2022 after therapy with Sarah for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Sarah is a phenomenal therapist. She is calming and makes me feel heard at all times. I appreciate her so much. While therapy can be hard, she makes me feel better and I have seen significant changes in myself and my behaviors because of her expertise.

Written on Jan 07, 2022 after therapy with Sarah for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and adhd

Sarah has already helped me understand more about myself in just the short time of us talking. I look forward to growing as we unravel the mysteries of me.

Work with me!