Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it. – Tori Amos
Sarah is currently in network with Aetna, Anthem, BCBSIL PPO, Blue Choice, United Healthcare and Cigna. She is also offering self-pay and can also provide a SuperBill if requested.
Hi there! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois. I believe everyone has the ability to overcome life’s challenges and the first sign of strength is to ask for the help and support we need. I am passionate about helping clients work towards coping, self-care, and personal growth. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental space to collaborate with clients. I feel that through therapy, we can work together to gain tools and insight in order to meet life’s full potential. I aim to promote strengths and empower my clients. I also consider that each client is an expert in their own life and their experiences. Together we will utilize individual strengths to achieve a more balanced and fulfilling life.
I use several theoretical approaches in order to tailor to my clients’ needs. I will choose what works best for each client based on their goals and preferences. The approaches I use most often are Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Here is a little bit more information about each of those:
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) aims at finding solutions in the present time. The foundation of SFBT is goal setting. We will set realistic, and identifiable goals and find solutions to get you to those goals.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an approach which encourages clients to embrace thoughts and feelings versus fighting them. We will focus on accepting reality, using cognitive defusion to make experiences more manageable, utilizing mindfulness, examining your values and setting goals guided by those values.
Person Centered Therapy is a client centered approach in which the therapist will strive to understand the clients experience from their perspective. It also is on the basis that each person has the innate ability to change and grow, which sometimes becomes clouded by certain life experiences or struggles.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach in which negative thoughts and distortions in thinking are challenged. Once the patterns of thinking are identified, we work to change those patterns which will in turn change your feelings and then your behaviors.
2021 – Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling | National Louis University
2013 – Bachelor of Science | Illinois State University
I have experience working with adults in a private practice setting experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, and more. In my graduate internship at a private practice, I worked with individuals to achieve their goals through different theoretical approaches. I also created and led a psycho-educational support group for teachers that focused on using CBT and Mindfulness to achieve goals such as regain control, empower themself, achieve balance, and discover support.
In my free time, I work on creative projects, sewing and other sorts of crafts. I am always learning more about photography and love to take photos of my family. I enjoy spending time in nature whether it’s going for a long walk on a new trail or taking care of the plants in my yard. Most of all, my favorite way to spend time is with my family and friends while trying new things together.