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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor

Counseling individuals and families are areas of expertise Sarah has provided to hundreds of clients for over 25 years. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Kansas. She is also a Certified Special Education teacher in the State of Missouri. She taught for over 10 years.

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in special education and a Masters of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. As the spouse of a minister of the Christian Church for over 40 years, Sarah brings a faith perspective to the work of therapy that can give strength to the healing process. She and Gary, her husband, have been married for 45 years. They have three grown children. One of their children is a special-needs adults who is mentally challenged. The perspective of being a parent of a special needs child, as well as a clinician who has done counseling with scores of families and individuals, who have special needs children, also gives a unique perspective to Sarah's counseling practice.

Issues and concerns that are Sarah's expertise include:

  • Alcohol and other dependencies, codependency
  • Anger and other intense emotions
  • Life direction
  • Women's issues ( such as a difficult pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, depression, and anxiety)
  • Men's communication styles and relationship concerns
  • Children's special needs - parenting and parent concerns
  • Family concerns- such as elder issues
  • Struggles within blended families, and care for self in chaotic family systems
  • Adapting to divorce

Sarah practices acceptance toward the issues of belief, the recovery of trust and hope, finding God's plan, and being faithful.

Another added plus is that she is listed on several insurance provider panels and employee assistance program panels.

It is with the unique combination of proficiency in individual and family therapy, which is often insurance reimbursable, experience in the ministry, as a spouse of a pastor, the recognition that a persons faith can give strength to the healing process, and her skill in working with a spectrum of therapeutic needs, which help Sarah provide a distinct perspective to assist clients in their recovery and healing.

Beyond individual and family therapy Sarah also has several workshops that she can present to groups churches and schools:

  • Self-image for children and teenagers
  • Moving beyond the “blame and shame” cycle
  • Resources for parents of special needs children
  • Marriage enrichment
  • Grief recovery
  • Finding your center – spirituality and healing
  • Discipline in the home – how to get beyond spanking, yelling, and fighting with your children
  • Older adults and the care for the care givers

Photo by Heather Sears Photography

Forms

You may reach Sarah through the Lifeline phone at 912-764-5463 ext. 111.  You can print out the following packet and have the forms filled out and ready when you arrive for your first appointment.

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