Sarah joins The Sibley Group with prior experience working with teens, adults, parents, families and the broader networks that support them. Previously, she worked in community mental health and school settings providing therapy for middle and high school students, as well as education and advocacy on mental health issues for school communities. She brings a warm, authentic and dynamic energy to her work with clients. Sarah works with teens and adults experiencing life transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, autism-spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, mood dysregulation, and social anxiety and communication challenges.
Rooted in her social work education and experiences in community mental health, Sarah believes that therapy is a holistic and integrative process, which includes supporting individual needs while addressing systems that impact symptoms and care. Sarah enjoys building relationships with adults, teens, and parents, particularly those who are new to the therapy process. She views relationships as a powerful conduit for healing, growth and change.
Drawing from a variety of clinical modalities, Sarah’s approach integrates ACT (Acceptance and Commitment therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), mindfulness, psychodynamic therapy, and the SHARP model for socioeducation. In her work, she seeks to break down power dynamics that can often be embedded in therapy by centering the therapeutic relationship and client experience in sessions. Sarah emphasizes client choice and empowerment, encouraging teens and adults to take the lead while providing guidance and support. She cares deeply about continuing to grow as an anti-racist clinician, and thus encourages clients to examine larger systems impacting them and their world. In addition, she adopts a collaborative and holistic approach by supporting clients in navigating systems that impact mental health symptoms, such as in medical and school settings.
Sarah graduated with a BA in Psychology from Georgetown University and received her MSW degree from the Catholic University of America. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Washington, DC, a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) in Maryland, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Virginia.
Sarah was born, raised and educated in the DMV and is familiar with the unique joys, challenges and culture that teenagers, adults and parents experience in this area. Outside of work she enjoys live music, playing guitar, spoiling her cat and being as active as possible through hiking, running, crossfit and cycling.