My Approach to Helping
My name is Sarah and I work as a therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have 10 years of experience working with clients in different roles. Since 2020, I have been working as an outpatient therapist for a community mental health clinic in Johnston County. Previously, I worked in the child welfare field for abuseneglect courts in Robeson County. Prior to that, I worked as a tobacco cessation specialist in the public health field, where I facilitated support groups for clients with nicotine addiction. My journey into the helping professions started in 2005 when I began working as a certified nursing assistant and caregiver for clients with developmental disabilities and the elderly. For many years, I have been motivated to help and heal others.
My Personal Counseling Philosophy
I believe that every person is a light in this world, and in order to heal psychologically from pain and suffering we must discover our inner strength, inherent worth, and greater purpose. Everyone is subject to the same universal crises in life. Some of these include meeting our needs in a complex society, discovering who we are, understanding the meaning of our lives, and coping with changes in our health, relationships, and circumstances throughout the lifespan. When stress becomes overwhelming, and when she struggle to function, this is the time to reach out for help.
My approach to helping people is very much influenced by positive psychology, and solution-focused counseling. Understanding the nature and dynamics of suffering is important, but I believe my most important task as a therapist is to collaborate, problem solve, and help clients find solutions to their goals.
I have been living in North Carolina for the past 6 years. Before that, I lived in north central Florida for 8 years. I grew up on the West Coast in Washington State and California. I have also lived in Mexico City, and traveled to Canada and New Zealand. As a teenager, I was diagnosed with panic disorder and agoraphobia, and have worked hard my entire life to recovery from anxiety. As a young adult, I aspired to have my own family, but found out in my 20s that I cannot have children. While I was in college, I managed my own business. I was married for 10 years and have rebuilt my life after divorce. I survived the loss of a friend to suicide in 2001, and the sudden passing of my father in 2015. I have also experienced the pain of loving someone with opioid addiction. I love gardening, cooking, reading, and all kinds of creative activities. My interest in philosophy has led me to explore many worldviews, and I enjoy working with clients from different cultural backgrounds.