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A Bit About Me

Originally from North Carolina, Sarah has called Virginia home for the past 25 years. Sarah earned a BA in English Literature from Salem College and a Master of Social Work with a trauma-informed clinical concentration from the University of Denver.  She was drawn to clinical counseling following employment in an administrative capacity with a nonprofit serving LGBTQ+ youth, where she found her personal and professional ethics aligned with the core social work values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. Sarah has worked with children and adults in various capacities, including providing individual and group counseling, services for incarcerated youth, LGBTQ+ youth, students with emotional and intellectual disabilities, and precariously housed adults with substance use disorder and mental health issues. Her practice is person-centered and strengths-based, informed by a conceptualization of social/cultural and family systems as well as the environment and the impact of these systems on behaviors and the overall well-being of the individual. Sarah has experience using acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), play therapy, and motivational interviewing. She approaches each client with a trauma-informed lens, mindful that although trauma is pervasive, each individual’s experience is unique to them. Sarah is passionate about women’s issues, trans issues, and supporting clients through major life transitions, fostering a partnership with each client to support optimal healing and growth.

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