Hello! My name is Sarah and I have been a licensed mental health counselor since 2003. I have also held many titles such as a certified thanatologist (grief and loss), clinical supervisor, and clinic director. I have worked in many settings besides private practice, including community mental health settings where I often worked with the chronically mentally ill, drug court where I worked together with substance use counselors to help people with addiction, and marital counseling centers where I taught communication skills to couples. I have treated clients who have struggled with depression, anxiety, relationship, and/or family issues, phase of life issues, grief and loss, and I have worked with many adult children of alcoholics and the challenge of low self esteem.
Asking for help takes a lot of courage, and you should be proud of yourself getting to this point of choosing the right counselor for yourself.
I strive to be a safe place for my clients, that they know that they are never judged, only given positive regard and encouragement. I am an interactive therapist, often looking for those "blind spots" my clients can't see are not in their best interest, and bringing them to light so my client can have those"light bulb" moments of new insight into themselves. I often remind my clients in the beginning that change in therapy is not a "drive through" fix, and it takes a commitment from both the client and the counselor to achieve the goals, outcomes, and change the client is wanting.
My approach is very eclectic, learning with years of experience, that different clients learn in different ways. I tend towards the cognitive behavioral, Adlerian, (feelings create thoughts, thoughts create beliefs, and beliefs create belief systems) and psycho-dynamic approaches. I am flexible in my approaches knowing that some clients need a more coaching kind of approach with lots of cheer leading, while others need a more nurturing and gentle approach.
I look forward to building a therapeutic alliance and relationship with you !
Additional areas of focus: Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Blended Family Issues, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Workplace Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
WA LMHC LH00008167
Sarah is understanding and forward when it comes to helping you get better. My work and social life have benefitted greatly.
Written on Sep 09, 2023 after therapy with Sarah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, and self esteem
Sarah was a great listener and asked the right questions to encourage reflection and change.
Written on Jul 28, 2023 after therapy with Sarah for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd
She listened and was willing to work with my schedule needs as well as provide insight and useful tools to be in a better mindset.
Written on Jul 21, 2023 after therapy with Sarah for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and coaching
Sarah is very good at what she does! Listens and provides insight when needed. She has helped me realize patterns and habits that may hurt me instead of help me. I am very grateful to have her as my therapist.
Written on May 23, 2023 after therapy with Sarah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
This is amazing, I got to choose Sarah. I wasn't assigned her. I got to pick the person best suited for my mental health. She is very caring and listens to everything I have to say and gives the BEST advice. If you are looking to make a step in the right direction for yourself, look no farther. 11/10 recommend
Written on Apr 13, 2023 after therapy with Sarah for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and anger management
Sarah is everything I ever wanted and didn't know I needed in a therapist. She was kind and understanding and I made more progress in a few months with her than I had over multiple decades of depression. I would recommend her in a heartbeat! I am forever grateful for the knowledge and wisdom she brought to my sessions. Thank you Sarah!
Written on Mar 24, 2023 after therapy with Sarah for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes