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Sarah Focken, LISW

Stress, Anxiety Addictions Relationship issues Family conflicts Parenting issues
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About me

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, licensed in the state of Ohio and Nebraska. I am an Army Veteran and have been practicing social work since 2014. I have been providing mental health interventions since 2017. I have practiced in many diverse settings ranging from in-home family brief intervention, intensive out-patient substance use, outpatient group therapy and inpatient psychiatric settings. My focus is primarily with women, post-partum and family systems. I have worked with clients on a spectrum of concerns including anxiety, relationship issues, communication issues, depression, family issues, anger, parenting issues, and adjustment issues.
My therapy style is both supportive and confrontational. I thoroughly believe in establishing a good rapport with each client and individualizing interventions and communication style. I believe that every person has a story to tell and that each persons' reality should be validated. I work diligently with clients to challenge their thinking and increase mental growth. I believe each client should be able to speak openly without judgment and I respect each of my clients and their boundaries. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic, and motivational interviewing. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. I believe in guiding the client in healing on their own terms.
It can be a challenge to find the right therapist for your needs. It takes courage to come forward and begin to speak out loud about your deepest thoughts and feelings. I look forward to getting to know the real you and working to identify an approach that will work to best help you find your inner calm.

Professional experience

3yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Coping with life changes, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Jealousy, Military and Veterans Issues, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Narcissism, Paranoia, Personality Disorders, Postpartum Depression, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy

License information

OH LISW I.2103123

Reviews

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

Sarah listens without judgment and makes you feel comfortable sharing with her, like talking to a friend.

Written on Jun 02, 2022 after therapy with Sarah for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

she's amazing and I am glad to find out about this app

Written on Apr 27, 2022 after therapy with Sarah for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Sarah listens well an gently questions/challenges me to take a hard look at some aspects of my life and what I can do to make positive changes.

Written on Jan 20, 2022 after therapy with Sarah for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, coping with life changes, and parenting issues

I've been working with Sarah for a few months now and this is the best experience I've ever had with a therapist! She is patient, personable, and kind. I greatly appreciate her communication and all the options that are provided through Better Help. Sarah has been instrumental in supporting me and challenging me during these few months. I'm incredibly grateful.

Written on Jan 11, 2022 after therapy with Sarah for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

She's lovely.

Written on Jan 08, 2022 after therapy with Sarah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I was really nervous about going into this program. After the first session I felt very at ease communicating with Sarah.

Written on Jan 04, 2022 after therapy with Sarah for 2 weeks on issues concerning addictions