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.
Additional areas of focus: 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
Clinical approaches: 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
MD LCPC LC11883
HI LMHC MHC-638
Have worked with Sarah for a while now and find our sessions to be very helpful. She listens, remembers names of the people in my life, and is very relatable. Also she is willing to go whatever speed I am comfortable with, slow when I need, and pushing me when I need that. Highly recommend.
Written on Jan 02, 2023 after therapy with Sarah for 1 year and 11 months
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
Written on Apr 26, 2021 after therapy with Sarah for 5 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety
Sarah is a consumate professional
Written on Apr 14, 2021 after therapy with Sarah for 7 months on issues concerning family conflicts, and parenting issues
As always. Sarah is down to earth and very caring and professional. Anyone who gets to talk to her is lucky.
Written on Mar 19, 2021 after therapy with Sarah for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Sarah is incredibly kind, empathetic and working with her is a delight. Thank you for everything!
Written on Mar 15, 2021 after therapy with Sarah for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts
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❤️
Written on Dec 15, 2020 after therapy with Sarah for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd