Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.
― Brene Brown
Meet Sarah Gideon
My therapeutic approach is client-centered, meaning I believe that YOU are the expert in your life and my role is to be a guide and provide support. I strongly feel that everyone deserves to be happy and has the capability to change areas in their life that are blocking their true potential to reach happiness.
During therapy, I will help you to identify past traumatic experiences and negative beliefs that are weighing you down and keeping you from emotional health. By processing traumas and challenging negative perceptions about yourself and the world, we can start to move you towards feeling better. Depression, anxiety, self-doubt, anger, and hopelessness no longer have to hold the power.
I believe we are capable of changing our thinking patterns and shaping our reality to be more positive. We can work together to decrease symptoms and give you control over your emotional state. Your diagnosis does not have to define you.
Starting therapy is the first step on your journey to happiness. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey and I look forward to working with you.
Trained in completing mental health assessments and providing mental health diagnoses via the DSM 5.
Recently trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Theory (EMDR). Primarily used in the treatment of PTSD and mental health disorders resulting from traumatic experiences such as, but not limited to abuse, neglect, assault, serious injury, domestic violence, and commercial sexual exploitation.
Experience treating substance abuse and substance-use related disorders with both adults and adolescents. Pending licencing as LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor).
Experience providing psychotherapy to adults with a specialization in complex trauma.
Primary areas of focus: self-esteem, skills-building, career and vocational guidance, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorders, relationship issues, substance use disorders and personality disorders.
Experience providing crisis intervention services and counseling services for adolescents, ages 12-17.
I provide trauma-informed therapies for individual youth and their families which include, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
Primary areas of focus: PTSD, sexual and physical abuse, neglect, attachment wounding, self-esteem, commercial sexual exploitation/trafficking, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, anger management, substance use disorders, familial dysfunctions and criminogenic thinking/needs.
Trauma Focused- CBT
Trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which focuses on helping victims of trauma learn to effectively cope with and overcome symptoms, as well as re-process events and reshape negative thought patterns.