I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri with 5 years of experience in providing direct mental health and behavioral counseling. I have worked with children, adults, and families in a variety of settings and for a myriad of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma and abuse, parenting, anger management, community violence, phase-of-life problems, relationship issues, and family issues. I am passionate about helping people feel connected and whole and in helping to build skills aimed at conquering the challenges of life. I approach the therapeutic relationship with sensitivity towards you and your experience, a focus on what you desire from our time together, and respect for multi/cross-cultural factors and influence.
I have experience providing therapy in a variety of settings including individual (office and home settings), group therapy, and family therapy. I also have experience providing individual therapy in the virtual setting. My experience is varied and is comprised of work in social service settings, residential care settings, and includes 13 years of quality improvement work in behavioral health. Therefore my therapeutic approach, though based on client-centered therapy and trauma-focused therapy, is also influenced by Cognitive behavioral therapy and systems theory.
The decision to engage in therapy is an important one and choosing a therapist that can meet your needs is a critical one. If you are looking for a therapist that is laid back, yet goal-oriented, and supportive, yet challenging; I am the therapist for you. Let’s Get Started!
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Grief, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Compassion fatigue, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Dissociation, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
MO LPC 2015019415
She is encouraging and helps provide tools approach challenges. Her background is aligned the problems I want to work through.
Written on Nov 24, 2022 after therapy with Sarita for 2 months on issues concerning addictions, relationship issues, parenting issues, and coping with life changes
Sarita has an awesome calm energy that allows you to see what you’re going through in an objective and “of course you’re feeling like that” type of way. She also never lets the ball drop. If she senses a silence coming on, she’ll pick it up with a relevant question to keep the conversation flowing. She’s a lovely spirit and comes through with always understanding.
Written on Jul 01, 2021 after therapy with Sarita for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder
Sarita is calm and positive and never made me feel like I was dramatic or irrational. She helped me attach my feelings to my body and identify what triggers me. She helped me to feel not selfish for taking time out from my family to process things but was encouraging and always asked good follow up questions the following session. I highly recommend her ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Written on Mar 02, 2021 after therapy with Sarita for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and parenting issues
Sarita has been so kind and supportive during a time when I was struggling. She took the time to understand my concerns and taught me methods to work through my issues. She gently reminded me of the things that can help and shares my Christian faith. She is so easy to talk to and caring which makes her very effective in what she does. I'm extremely grateful I got to work with her.
Written on Sep 22, 2020 after therapy with Sarita for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes