Sarah Garcia

Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)

Sarah Garcia

Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)

Telehealth Available
Professions: Mental Health Counselor, Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Independent Social Worker - 008200
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Cigna
  • Medica Health Plan Solutions
  • Medicare
  • Midland's Choice
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care
Fees: 100-150 per session, free 15 minute phone consultation.
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


Johnston, Iowa 50131

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My Approach to Helping

Your experience with depression, anxiety or trauma is different from anyone else’s. That’s why, above everything else, I listen so I can better understand your specific needs in a safe, judgment-free environment. Then I tailor therapy to fit your strengths and unique needs. With 13 years’ experience in social services, including 7 in adolescent, adult and family therapy, I’m prepared to help you, your child or your other relationships thrive. While I’m trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness, I’m especially passionate about using Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing to help people better process traumatic experiences. I enjoy building therapeutic relationships with individuals, teens, couples and families in a positive, compassionate environment. And I look forward to helping you draw on your inner strength to improve the connections in your life!

I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Child, Adult and Family Services from Iowa State University, where I also worked as milieu staff in a residential treatment facility. I have a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Iowa. During that time, I conducted in-home work for the Department of Human Services, where I gained an intimate knowledge of the child welfare system. My therapy experience includes working at Orchard Place Residential Campus as a Therapist for residents and their families. I’m currently an employee of UnityPoint Counseling and Psychiatry clinic where I provide individual and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults at UnityPoint Norwalk Family Medicine Clinic.
I’m a licensed independent social worker (Iowa) and a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

My Therapy Focus

I've seen first-hand the impact depression, anxiety and trauma can have on child development, marriages, parenting and interpersonal skills in general. My approach to helping improve the connections in your life starts with understanding your vulnerabilities in a safe, judgement-free environment. Then I implement a personalized, strengths-based solution that helps you achieve your therapy goals. I'm trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive, Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness. I am also especially passionate about using my training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to help others process traumatic experiences that lead to depression, anxiety and mood disorders.

Services I Provide

  • Family Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Narcissism
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Parent Work
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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