"My most powerful motivator is witnessing my clients becoming increasingly empowered to make change."
Why I became a therapist
Hi, my name is Sara! I became a therapist because it fascinates and reassures me to know that we are all capable of resiliency, self-discovery, and inner-growth, even if we don’t realize it. Being a therapist is also rooted in my own drive to keep learning and growing. My most powerful motivator is witnessing my clients becoming increasingly empowered to make change. While it seems simple, change can only happen in the presence of empathy, validation, and trust. Being able to walk alongside my clients as a supportive presence on their journey toward change and growth is incredibly rewarding.
Who I work with
I work with adults of all ages, adolescents, and couples. My clinical experience includes working with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, life transitions, trauma, relationship concerns, and identity development. I’m especially interested in and passionate about helping my clients navigate the impact trauma can have on various facets of their life. Understanding these influences can help with developing awareness and skills to integrate our past, present and hopes for our future in an intentional and empowering way. I also enjoy working with couples to achieve better communication and connection by gaining insight into each other and themselves.
"Being able to walk alongside my clients as a supportive presence on their journey toward change and growth is incredibly rewarding."
Working With Me
Using warmth, empathy, humor and collaboration I strive to create a safe environment that allows my clients to process and unpack their thoughts, feelings, and experiences without fear of judgment. I operate from a humanistic/existential approach, and prioritize the therapeutic alliance in my work, which allows me to focus on the unique needs and goals of each individual. In the early part of our work together, we may focus on identifying strengths, behavioral strategies, and healthy coping skills to create stability and help make possible solutions clearer. As our work together progresses, we may explore barriers to change, challenge limiting beliefs, or build insight about how the past is impacting the present in order to build a more optimal future.
Qualifications and trainings
- I completed my Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at DePaul University;
- Bachelor’s Degree of Liberal Arts in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa (IOWA);
- I have completed Level 1 Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which is based on over 40 years of research on couples and relationships;
- I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois (IDFPR) as well as a National Certified Counselor (NBCC);
- I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through Evergreen Certifications.