Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Professional Art Therapist (LCPAT) as well as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Salisbury University and her Master’s degree in Art Therapy from The George Washington University with additional coursework in counseling and trauma-informed treatment processes. Sarah has experience providing care across a variety of levels of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and community settings. Sarah’s research interests include community-based practice as well as social action within the field of art therapy.
Art therapy is a unique practice that allows individuals to engage the mind, body, and spirit in ways that are distinct from verbal articulation alone. It is defined by the American Art Therapy Association as “an integrative mental health and human services profession that enriches the lives of individuals, families, and communities through active art-making, creative process, applied psychological theory, and human experience within a psychotherapeutic relationship”. Through this alternative mode of communication, individuals are able to bypass barriers previously experienced in verbal communication and give a voice to their unique experience without judgement.
Sarah has specialized training and skill in working with clients struggling with eating disorders/disordered eating. She focuses on helping individuals explore and tolerate emotions, challenge perfectionism, reduce anxiety and increase healthy expression of self. Sarah treats children, adolescents and adults using a unique blend of art therapy and counseling to help support individuals through their journey of exploration and recovery while emphasizing process over product. Sarah has worked with teens questioning their identity and identify as L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+. Sarah utilizes a person-centered/strength-based approach to treatment where the individual feels empowered to create the change they seek. At the core of her practice, Sarah believes in the innate healing power of creativity in all forms.