Sarah is a licensed mental health counselor and staff therapist at BCSC – Maine, where she specializes in working with youth and their families. She uses a creative and evidence-based treatment approach to help this population overcome a wide range of mental health issues from anxiety and depression, to self-harm and suicidal ideation. Sarah’s training is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
Sarah earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During her training, she completed her internship at Minneapolis School Based Clinics located in the public high schools. In that role, she focused on increasing access to free, confidential, and non-judgmental healthcare. Sarah provided diagnostic assessments, individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and 504/IEP development.
After graduating, Sarah worked at Rogers Behavioral Health where she received intensive training in CBT and ERP for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anxiety related disorders including Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Trichotillomania. There, Sarah assisted in the development of a partial hospital program that provided a more intensive option of treatment. She also created parent support groups within the community to educate on these disorders as well as effective treatment.
Sarah then transitioned to working at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis to gain more experience and training working with suicidal and self-harming youth. In preparation for this work, Sarah completed MBT training through the Anna Freud Centre. She brought this training back to the hospital and created the Adolescent Acute Stabilization program. This program supported youth and their families with transitioning out of the hospital after a recent suicide attempt. Sarah is currently receiving more training in DBT.