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What works for you

What works for you

Sarah knows that there is no one type of therapy that works for everyone. She meets with each client to understand what it is that they are looking to gain through therapy. She utilizes many evidence-based practices and continues to seek out and be trained in new evidence-based interventions. She will work with you to find the approach that works best for you.

​Sarah has spent her career working with children, adult, and family survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse, as well as many different mental health diagnoses.

​Sarah is passionate about helping individuals be the best version of who they want to be. 

Just being in nature has proven to provide positive mental health benefits. This image is of green ground succulents with a redish purple one in the corner.
Peson Centered
Person Centered Heart represents the client being the center of every session

Person Centered

Person Centered

Person Centered Therapy is based on Carl Rogers’s theory that a genuine, non-judgemental, empathetic, therapeutic relationship is essential for providing the space for individuals to create the change that they need in their life. Studies have shown that positive clinical outcomes are most likely when there is a strong therapeutic relationship, where individuals feel supported. Although Sarah utilizes many therapeutic modalities, the Person Centered Approach is at the heart of every session.

Trauma Infomed

Trauma Informed

Trauma Informed

Trauma informed therapy, means practicing therapy with the knowledge of how trauma impacts individuals. Trauma can change the way the brain works and even the structure of the brain. Not all people who experience trauma respond the same way. There are many different ways that trauma can manifest emotionally, behaviorally, and physically. Sarah is a certified clinical trauma professional and has worked with many individuals who have experienced trauma. She is passionate about helping these individuals heal and gain back their sense of safety, power, and self. 

Dandelion representing trauma informed therapy. Dandelions are an extremely hardy plant, with roots running deep, and are very hard to get rid of. At the same time their seeds are small and can be spread around with a slight breeze. Similarly Trauma responses may be triggered by seemingly small things, things that others around you may not even notice. The longer we live with trauma the deeper the roots grow and the more invasive it becomes
Culturl Humility
This is a picture with four rows of stars. The top and bottom rows of stars are colored with different shades of brown and tan to represent different skin colors. The second row of stars are the colors of the rainbow, also colors of the Pride Flag, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple.The 3rd row of stars are a gradient from blue to pink to  white then back to pink and blue representing the Trans Pride Flag.Sarah chose this image to represent cultural humility. It is important to practice with cultural humility. Sarah believes that this means that although she will always continue to learn about different cultures, she knows that just because you have learned about someone's presenting culture, you can never fully understand someone's experience without them telling you about it. Sarah strives to never assume anything about anyone just because of one identity. We are all made up of multiple identities and experiences and the ones that we most readily identify with.

Cultural Humility

Cultural Humility

Practicing therapy with cultural humility means not only learning about other cultures, but also recognizing that not all members of a group will have the same culture. Sarah understands whatever your culture may be, every individual has their own culture that has been affected by their life experiences. Sarah values everyone’s culture and strives to learn about every individual she works with through genuine engagement and interest.

CBT
This is an image of 3 circles intertwined representing the CBT belief that thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are all connected.

CBT
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) assists individuals with exploring their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Through life experiences we all develop a set of core beliefs and values.  These beliefs and values change the way we see and experience future life events.  Sarah utilizes CBT to assist individuals with exploring their thoughts, emotions, behaviors, values, and beliefs, and assessing how they are impacting their life experience. Sarah has been trained in Trauma Focused-CBT, a specific branch of CBT that can be used to help individuals process and understand the trauma that they have experienced and how it is impacting their life.

Solution Focused
A compass representing solution focused therapy. In solution focused therapy you are looking to the future and searching for the change you want to see. Exploring how you would know that the change has happened and how others would notice.

Solution Focused

Solution Focused Therapy focuses more on working from the present moment moving forward than exploring the past. Individuals identify areas of their life where their problem is not as prominent or not present at all and work to grow from there. Sarah enjoys the positive focus and that individuals grow upon the strengths that they already have. She finds this method helpful to assist clients in identifying what change they truly want to see in their lives.

Emotionlly Focused Individual Therapy
This is a picture of two heads talking to each other, they are surrounded by faces expressing different emotions. This image represents Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFIT). Through EFIT individuals learn to explore and stay in both positive and difficult emotions. The therapist creates a positive healthy connection with the client to support them in this work.

EFT
Emotionally Focused Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy truly values the individual. The therapist joins the client in exploring past and present relationships and patterns in order move through hard emotions. Individuals tend to avoid uncomfortable emotions, but with this therapeutic technique the therapist supports the client in growing and building a tolerance to feeling difficult emotions while maintaining control.  Although Emotionally Focused Therapy can be used in couples therapy, Sarah utilizes techniques from this therapeutic modality with her individual clients.

Expressive Arts
Picture of a paintbrush leaving a circle of yellow paint. This represents expressive arts. Creativity allows us to access areas of our memory and brain that we cannot necessarily reach through talk therapy.

Expressive Arts

Expressive Arts

Expressive Arts allow individuals to explore their emotions and experiences. Our brains don’t store emotions with words, so sometimes it’s easier to access and address emotions through art. It can be particularly helpful when processing trauma. Trauma memories and emotions are often stored fragmented in our brain, connected in a way that makes it difficult to work through. Art is also a great tool for coping and calming. As individuals are open to it, Sarah incorporates art, music, movement, and creative writing into therapy.

Expressive Arts allow individuals to explore their emotions and experiences. Our brains don’t store emotions with words, so sometimes it’s easier to access and address emotions through art. It can be particularly helpful when processing trauma. Trauma memories and emotions are often stored fragmented in our brain, connected in a way that makes it difficult to work through. Art is also a great tool for coping and calming. As individuals are open to it, Sarah incorporates art, music, movement, and creative writing into therapy.

Mindfulness
This is a profile of a head with a heart in it representing mindfulness. Mindfulness can be a helpful tool to create change, develop a better understanding of self, and monitor emotional and behavioral functioning.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a skill that can help individuals in tandem with any method of therapy.  Being mindful can be difficult to master, but once people develop the skill it can be utilized to create change, develop a better understanding of self, and monitor emotional and behavioral functioning.  Sarah teaches mindfulness skills and assists the individuals she works with to grow in their mindfulness practice. 

Play and Bibliotherapy
This is a picture of a teddy bear next to books representing Play and Bibliotherapy. These are helpful therapy methods to learn and grow our emotions in a safe way.

Play and Bibliotherapy

Play and Bibliotherapy

Play and bibliotherapy allow us to learn and practice skills through the experiences of characters in stories and imaginative play. We often give more empathy and forgiveness to others and we can extend those feelings to ourselves when we identify with a character in a book or story. Through play children, and adults, can test boundaries, practice skills, and express emotions in a way that they feel safe. 

PCIT
This is a picture of a parent and a child representing PCIT. Sarah is trained in PCIT and uses these skills in counseling parents. PCIT trains parents in creating therapeutic relationships with their children. Creating secure attachments is key for developing happy healthy children.

PCIT

PCIT
Parent Child Interaction Therapy

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a powerful evidence-based therapeutic modality. 

Although Sarah does not have a full PCIT set up enabling her to do true PCIT, Sarah has been trained in PCIT and can teach the powerful skills to parents to assist with developing a therapeutic bond with their child. She educates parents about attachment, child development, and how to play!

EMDR
This is a picture of an eye, with a window in it, with a brain in the window. This represents EMDR. EMDR is an evidence based therapy for treating PTSD, Anxiety, depression, and much more. This is helpful for individuals who cannot remember there trauma or are scared to talk about it.

EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence based therapy well known for treating PTSD. EMDR is also evidenced based for other anxiety disorders, fear, grief, intrusive thoughts, depression, and even symptoms in chronic psychotic disorders.

Changes in brain functioning can be seen on brain scans after experiencing a trauma. We also can see the positive effects of EMDR as it helps to rewire and heal the brain. Sarah has started training in EMDR, can utilize some of the helpful techniques, and hopes to become a certified provider in the future. 

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence based therapy well known for treating PTSD. EMDR is also evidenced based for other anxiety disorders, fear, grief, intrusive thoughts, depression, and even symptoms in chronic psychotic disorders.

Changes in brain functioning can be seen on brain scans after experiencing a trauma. We also can see the positive effects of EMDR as it helps to rewire and heal the brain. Sarah has been trained as an EMDR therapist through an approved EMDRIA training program. 

Worksheets

Worksheets

Preview of Communication Activity
Preview of Token Economy Language
Preview of Soup Breathing worksheet
Preview of Grief and Loss
Preview of Anger Thermometer
Preview of Mindfulness Worksheet
Preview of CBT Triangle Worksheet
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