I am a substance abuse and mental health counselor licensed in Hawaii and Maryland with 5 years of experience working in community mental health. I have worked with various agencies providing services to children and adolescents, working with families (including those with youth in foster care), and with adults experiencing a wide variety of difficulties. I have worked as a substance abuse counselor for 3 years, and have 4 years of experience working with clients involved in the legal system as well as those who have severe mental illnesses.
My counseling style focuses on the client and the stresses and suffering they are experiencing. I focus on helping clients develop their inner self so they can overcome life's challenges. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and motivational enhancement techniques to help move the client from problem to solution, and then to success. Because each client is unique, I work with each individual to develop a plan that works for them and focuses on their strengths. When working with couples I use the developmental model and focus on individual goals of each partner which can enhance the relationship.
Reaching out for help is a huge task. There are a lot of "what ifs" involved. I'm happy to have a conversation with you and help in any way I can. Together we can move forward.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Anger management
LGBT , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Attachment Issues , Codependency , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Men's Issues , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Women's Issues Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LMHC #MHC-638 (Expires: 2023-06-30)
LCPC #LC11883 (Expires: 2023-01-31)
Sarah really takes the time to get to know you and understand the problems you’re experiencing. She is patient and kind and really listens intently. I’ve been working with her for almost 6 months and she’s been a vital part of my recent success. I’m very grateful to have her in my corner
Sarah is a consumate professional
As always. Sarah is down to earth and very caring and professional. Anyone who gets to talk to her is lucky.
Sarah is incredibly kind, empathetic and working with her is a delight. Thank you for everything!
Sarah has been the most kind and helpful counselor I've had! She truly helped me through/understand alot of mental struggles I'd been going through this year and I couldn't be more grateful. I highly reccomend Sarah❤️
I am so thankful for how patient supportive understanding and caring she has been. Even when I haven’t engaged she has always encouraged it. Thank you
Sarah always greets me with a warm smile and sunny disposition. She listens well, respects my time/priorities, and offers reasonable solutions to issues we're addressing on each session.
Sarah allowed me to speak freely and provided necessary feedback. I liked her perspective and she was a huge help getting me through a transitional phase of my life. Would highly recommend!
After struggling to find a counselor I clicked with, I lucked into finding Sarah. She is knowledgeable, empathetic, welcoming, and honest. I know I can throw anything out there and I’ll be received, guided, and even held accountable. Sarah is awesome and I believe anyone would be in great hands with her.
Sarah has been the most compassionate of all therapists that I have used with better help or otherwise. Her sensitivity and ability to listen whole heartedly has been a huge relief to me.
I have been working with Sarah for several months now. She is kind, insightful and genuinely cares. She has helped me start to connect my past emotional trauma and my current mental health. I have been able to learn tools and with her guidance, have started to change my way of approaching not only day to day stressors, but menacing old wounds as well. I know that I have a long way to go, but in Sarah, I know that I have someone there with me that has my back.
Sarah is a great therapist in the way she is attentive to your thoughts and feelings and is able to hone in on what problems we can work on. I have had experience with other therapists where they seem stone face and with no emotion but Sarah is able to connect with you while still remaining professional. Would strongly recommend her for anyone dealing with anxiety or depression especially
Sarah is so sweet and thoughtful. She’s also relatable to me so sometimes I feel like I’m chatting with a friend who happens to be a great listener and offers good advice.
In just a few sessions over the phone sarah has been extremely helpful. I am hopeful for healing in many areas of my life and BetterHelp matched us perfectly.
I have completed 2 months of counselling with Sarah and it has been extremely helpful. Sarah is very responsive and always is very good to guide on the right line of thought and to help understand ones emotions and mental health.
Sarah has been a huge help in defining the path to continuous improvement for me. Sarah explains things very well and provides structure feedback to allow one to view situations from different perspectives.
She has been extremely helpful. We have only been working together for a couple of weeks, but she has listened to me, given me some practical tools to use, and has really taken the time to explain things in a way I can understand.
First and foremost, mahalo nui loa (thank you very much), for this wonderful website. Btw, so glad you have an app for this. Thank you for pairing me up with Sarah. Sarah has been very understanding and helpful. With this review I feel like I'm judging her though she never judges me or my issues. I look forward to writing in my journal when needed. Just being able to write down what I'm going through at the moment is a biggie for me. I realized how much I was holding in. Sarah has always responded kindly and in a timely manner. I look forward to our sessions always. Aloha.
Responds in a timely manner and provides appropriate resources for me.
Very kind, respectful and after the first session she was already able to help me get my anger under control.
Sarah makes me feel safe and comfortable and goes out of her way to really try to understand what I'm trying to say or express. She is great at explaining the science behind why we feel certain ways. She offers really great tools of different coping mechanisms and even does exercises with you so you may better understand them and when to use them.
Very professional and listens well. Gives good advice and a judgement free zone. I am very happy with Sarah’s services.
I have only had one session so far and I loved it. I think it will take a few more to be able to judge betterhelp more. Can't wait to talk to her again.