Sarah is a Webster University graduate who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies in May 2017. She is currently enrolled as a Master’s student in Webster University’s Counseling Program with an emphasis on Clinical Mental Health and has a projected graduation date of May 2020. Sarah is half Omani and half American. She is originally from Muscat, Oman, and moved to Saint Louis in Summer of 2011 to further her education and reconnect with her mother’s culture. As part of her field experience within the Master’s program, Sarah is under the clinical supervision of Amanda Fondow, MA, LPC, R-DMT.
Sarah works with are victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as those who struggle with anxiety and depression from ages 18 and up. As a trained Crisis Helpline Advocate, she is passionate about providing services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence with emotional support, safety planning, resources and referrals, and psychoeducation. Sarah keeps her knowledge and skills up-to-date by attending trainings and webinars which allow her to add to her counselor’s “tool box.”
Her counseling philosophy is rather straight forward: life is going to be distressing, difficult and challenging, that is not negotiable. What is negotiable, though, is how we choose to respond to it. One of her favorite sayings that sums up her counseling philosophy is from Glenda the Good Witch, “you’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” Sarah believes that is where counseling comes into play; by helping clients rediscover the skills they already have and guide them to become the best authentic version of themselves.
Sarah has an integrated approach when it comes to her theoretical orientation. As an advocate of Humanistic and Existential theories, she believes her clients are innately good, have free will, and that there is meaning to everything in our lives. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are other theories Sarah utilizes in her counseling tool box.
Because she is currently in graduate school, Sarah does not directly charge clients for her services, and therefore the center is able to offer these services for a lower fee. Sarah is thrilled to accommodate so many people who seek counseling. To schedule an appointment with Sarah, please contact Andrea Harpster, our Client Care Coordinator at Andrea@mindfulstl.com or 314-561-9757 ext. 718.