Mental Health Professional
Hi, I’m Sara. I have been a mental health therapist since 2016 and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#4294) in Minnesota since 2022. I have worked in the field of human services for nearly 30 years. Outside of my current role as a community mental health therapist, I have served in group homes, day programming, youth drop-in, assisted living, domestic violence healing and restorative justice settings. In my current setting, I specialize in working for people with intellectual differences, neurodivergence, serious and persistent mental health concerns, as well as those with sexual and/or relational considerations. I serve individuals as young as 12 years old, couples and other relational dyads. In addition to my direct client work, I value collaborative systems of care which can include legal guardians, social workers/case managers, adult and child foster care providers and other supportive team members. The latter being said, I put great emphasis on privacy, self-direction, and personal dignity for all. This means beyond legal mandate, you get to decide if, when and how to share important personal information with those in your life. My purpose is to support, guide and empower you in creating personally meaningful goals and moving forward toward meeting those goals in the way that is right for you.
I take a person affirming, supportive, trauma informed, and narrative approach allowing you to uncover, discover, share, and grow in yourself and in your relationships. The connections we create within ourselves and with others have an undeniable effect on who we are, how we feel, think, and behave in this world and much of our work together may focus on relationships with self and others. I believe that you can create balance, learn to effectively communicate needs, build skills, reduce day to day distress, and set and maintain healthy boundaries within yourself, together and with others.
Life can be challenging, confusing, overwhelming, and just plain rotten at times. Whether you are coping with transitional concerns or life-long issues, you deserve to and get to feel more at ease. The light at the end of the tunnel can seem so far away and moving toward it can feel daunting, if not impossible. If you are reading this, you have taken the first step.
Sara is no longer accepting new clients through The Guidance Group Counseling due to our upcoming closure this fall.