Sarah joins The Sibley Group with several years of experience working with teens, young adults, families, schools and the broader networks that support adolescents. 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 clients experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, autism-spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, mood dysregulation, social anxiety and communication challenges, and the transition process to college and emerging adulthood.
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 teens and families, 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 in her practice, Sarah’s approach integrates cognitive behavioral therapy, play and expressive therapies, mindfulness, motivational interviewing 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 adolescent experience in sessions. Sarah emphasizes client choice and empowerment, encouraging teens to take the lead while providing guidance and support. She cares deeply about continuing to grow as an anti-racist clinician, and thus encourages teens to examine the larger systems impacting them and the world around them. In addition, she adopts a collaborative and holistic approach by supporting students and families in navigating systems that impact mental health symptoms, such as in school and medical 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 and a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical (LCSW-C) in Maryland.
Sarah was born, raised and educated in the DMV and is familiar with the unique joys, challenges and culture that teenagers and families 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.