Sarah is a Counselor in Training who will earn her Master’s in Counseling degree from Webster University in May 2020. Sarah is half Omani and half American, and moved to St. Louis in 2011 to further her education and reconnect with her mother’s culture. She is currently under the clinical supervision of Amanda Fondow, MA, LPC, R-DMT.
With trained experience as a professional Crisis Helpline Advocate in the intimate partner and sexual violence field, Sarah understands that life can oftentimes be challenging, distressing, overwhelming, painful, and out of our control. At times, we tend to learn the hard way that these elements of life are non-negotiable. What is negotiable though, is the mindset and stories we choose to tell ourselves to make sense of all the noise and chaos within us. With the help of a therapist, such as Sarah, clients are able to create and facilitate positive growth and change, and get one step closer to where they want to be.
One of Sarah’s favorite sayings that sum up her counseling philosophy is from The Wizard of Oz’s character Glenda the Good Witch, which says: “You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” Sarah believes this is where counseling comes into play; by inviting her clients to rediscover the skills and strengths they already have and guide them on their journey of empowerment to reach their goals. Sprinkles of self-compassion, self-acceptance, self-love, self-care, positive self-talk, patience and trust, as well as mindfulness are some ingredients that can, and will, guide clients in their journey of self-exploration and healing. These are also themes that can be expected when receiving services from her to help clients navigate life’s demands and transitions in a more compassionate and understanding way.
Sarah has an integrated approach when it comes to her theoretical orientation. At the core, she is an advocate of Humanistic and Existential theory as she believes her clients deserve respect, are innately good, have free will, and that there is essentially meaning and connection to everything in our lives. She also uses a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach to challenge irrational core beliefs, values, and stories clients have internalized based on their lived experiences. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are other theories Sarah utilizes in her counseling toolbox.
To schedule an appointment with Sarah, please contact Andrea Harpster, our Client Care Coordinator, at Andrea@mindfulst.com or 314-561-9757 option 1.