Sara’s work starts with a focus on the therapeutic relationship itself, which must be safe and affirming to create the trust that supports change. Sara’s previous experience enables her to approach her work through a multicultural lens, to create a safe space for discussing diverse multicultural concerns.
First by cultivating a foundation of safety, comfort and trust, Sara employs a collaborative, relational process to help clients find clarity and, in turn, to deepen and strengthen both self-awareness and their relationships. Sara takes a gentle, empathetic, but direct approach to helping her clients address challenges and stress. She highlights self-compassion and acceptance to empower her clients, helping them to connect to their strengths, struggles and pain.
Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University and a doctorate in psychology from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. In addition, Sara completed a predoctoral internship at the Counseling and Consultation program of Northern Illinois University. While there, Sara completed a specialization in trauma-informed therapy, and therapy for substance use and eating concerns. She has experience working in college counseling centers, community mental health and inpatient children’s therapy, and has worked with children adolescents and adults with social anxiety and autism spectrum disorders.
Sara is available to work with adults, couples, children and adolescents. Sara is available for speakerships on the topics of stress-management and creating positive relationships.
Outside the Studio, Sara can be found cheering on her alma mater—Go Buckeyes!—or planning her next trip to the beach.