I think the biggest barrier to seeking care is the judgement and stigma that sometimes comes along with therapy. I think our society is becoming better in understanding the importance of mental health and self-care and the stigma and negative judgements are decreasing with time. I want my clients to know that when they have a session with me it will be free of judgement, they can be open and honest, and I will do my best to help them get to where they want to be.
I take a collaborative approach to therapy. I discuss with my clients what brought them to therapy and what they hope to accomplish by their last session. Together, we work as a team to develop attainable treatment goals and I want the client to be involved as much as possible in the development of their treatment plans. Client input in their therapy goals has shown to build rapport and trust. The more the client is involved in their treatment the higher the chances are to achieve their goals.
I think it is important for clients to know that when you work with me we are working together. I as a counselor don't have all the answers, but we can work together as a team to help you get the answers your looking for or to achieve your goals for therapy. Therapy is a collaborative process and I want my clients to be involved as much as possible whether its input, feedback. suggestions, or the proper referrals when what you need is outside my scope of practice.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard to control way that often has harmful consequences. Often refers to substance use, but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping.
Source of communication challenges in circumstances and relationships that can have a negative impact on mental health. Misunderstandings and misinterpretations often lead to arguments in personal, platonic, or professional relationships.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Workplace issues are a common source of stress and can include interpersonal conflict, communication problems, gossip, harassment, discrimination, low motivation and job satisfaction, performance issues, and poor job fit.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Adolescent mental health
Adolescent mental health focuses on adolescent-specific experiences including physical and cognitive development, social and environmental factors, sex, sexual identification and orientation, emotional processing, and substance use. Given the influence that parents/guardians have on adolescents, home life is a particularly important consideration.
It's normal to experience anger at times, but for some, it becomes so frequent, intense, or difficult to control that it negatively affects their life. Anger management is a structured therapeutic approach toward reducing one’s anger to a point where more appropriate coping and/or conflict management skills are used. Beliefs and thoughts leading toward anger outbursts are explored while healthy coping and interpersonal skills are put into practice.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
IL, LPC, 178016101
Masters in Professional Counseling: Lindenwood University- Belleville
Bachelors in Psychology; Minor in Criminal Justice- SIUE
Certificate of Specialization in Addiction Studies- St. Louis Community College
Hello prospective clients! My name is Sarah and I am a counselor with a collaborative, solution focused, and person centered approach. I believe the best counseling happens when a client is actively involved in their treatment. I will work with you to establish what you would like to get out of treatment so that you may have the best experience possible. In my experience, counseling has the best results when we work as a team. My experience primarily lies in working with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, coping skills, anger management, self-care, self-esteem, relationship issues, working through trauma, and parenting. I have experience working as a counselor with adolescents and adults working through substance abuse & mental health issues. I have conducted individual counseling, group counseling, and family counseling. In family counseling, I have helped clients rebuild their relationships with their loved ones, set boundaries to help clients in their recovery, and improve communication. I am very passionate about what I do and would love to help you on your journey to become the best version of yourself. If you feel that I could be an asset to you in your journey to achieving your goals, I would love to hear from you!
Remote Therapist, Troy, 62294, IL