Sarah graduated in 2013 with a Master’s in Social Work from Western Michigan University. Prior to graduating, she worked extensively with severely emotionally impaired at-risk youth/teens for 15 years, building emotional skills and setting goals to empower them in identifying healthy lifestyle choices and to develop positive decision-making skills.
Sarah spent time helping severely impaired adults in the specialized adult foster care setting overseeing their well-being and managing their care to assure they were able to maintain their independence. Although Sarah enjoyed this work, she soon had an opportunity to return to her first specialty and true passion, working with severely emotionally impaired kids and their families. This work focused on their comprehensive needs and provided intensive home-based services and crisis intervention to the most mentally ill and behaviorally challenged families in Kalamazoo County. As a home-based therapist, Sarah was able to provide individual, family, and couples therapy as well as parenting support to develop personalized goals and build on strengths to promote healthy family functioning. This became Sarah’s passion based on her belief that through hard work and motivation, any family and/or individual is able to make changes allowing them to have a healthier and more meaningful life. Her approach is to meet each family or individual where they are and to educate, guide, and encourage them in their journey towards positive change. Throughout Sarah’s twenty-year career, she has gained extensive experience working with individuals and families and specializes in PTSD, ADHD, depression, mood disorders, grief/loss, significant life adjustments, anxiety, anger management issues, family conflicts, and parenting support.
While working with Sarah you will be in a safe and supportive environment that is judgement free. Sarah utilizes evidence-based practices including CBT, DBT, behavioral psychology, and is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.