About

couples counseling in washington dc

In my work as a therapist,​ I am privileged to be able to help people improve their relationships, their families and their lives. I’ve helped couples rediscover their love and commitment to each other, young dads and moms become amazing parents, and those plagued by domestic violence actually break the cycle. I believe that people are capable of changing their story. I’ve helped people heal and overcome just about anything imaginable—with compassion and empathy. ​

While I love working with all clients, including individuals, couples, and families, I specialize in Marriage & Family Therapy and am an expert in child development and parenting practices. I also offer specialized experience working with and supporting military couples and families.

​I am passionate about supporting couples and families with practical skills to improve relationships and reduce stress, misunderstandings, and conflict.

My experiences, both personal and professional, inspire all of the work I do in my daily practice. I have faith in people’s ability to move on from the past, change themselves and improve their lives, even when things seem hopeless.

I earned a​ Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas, and a Masters in Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. My clinical expertise is further supported by substantial clinical research experience in marriage satisfaction, child development, and attachment theory.

It is very hard to find counselors who have the skills and experience when it comes to family counseling. Additionally, getting somebody who will come into your home is virtually impossible.

After having been through a bunch of different counselors, psychs, etc. for both marriage and kids – most don’t offer anything tangible. It is fine talking about your challenges, but I am always looking for something I can actually do to change / improve / modify the situation – Sarah has those skills.

– JS

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19 thoughts on “About”

  1. nannetteree said:

    Hi, I’ve nominated your blog for a Liebster Award. For details see my blog at http://nannetteree.com/2013/04/23/liebster-award/

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I can always use more sanity checks so I’ll be back here I’m sure.

  3. miamamma35 said:

    Thanks for stopping by my page. I’m a clinical psychologist in private practice in my area, so it’s always nice to connect with others!

  4. You sound too good to be true, Sarah!
    What are you hiding?

  5. Good Morning, Beth! Thanks so much for checking out my blog and I will definitely be checking out yours! I appreciate your perspective on marriage and parenting.

  6. Sarah, thanks for the like on my post, and thank you for the work you are doing. It takes a village to raise a kid, someone said once. And we need all the help we can get!

  7. elricsfate said:

    Interesting that you “liked” a post I wrote about a woman and her marriage. I have a truly wonderful friend who is getting her PhD in psychology and works for the state as a counsellor (CPS style stuff). I am more of a…how shall we say…old school type of guy. I have found that the vast majority of problems in relationships and families stems from an unwillingness or inability to be honest with each other. So I more or less practice brutal honesty. lol In any event, I write a lot about life, wwhich invariably involves people, so I hope you’ll drop in from time to time and comment. I am always interested in other people’s thoughts, or at least the thoughts of people capable of thought…

    • I “like” the bravery and sincerity of the act and process of sharing honestly (even if its brutal :)). And I agree about a source of difficulty often being dishonesty between partners. I don’t view it as necessarily an unwillingness to be honest, but rather an incapability, born from any number of factors (self denial, fear of consequences or hurting the other person, apathy built over time from never feeling heard or understood, not wanting to rock the boat, putting others before oneself… the list goes on and on). So often a relationship requires some nurturing and support to redevelop the space where honesty can be safely expressed again, in ways in which partners communicate in a way that is openly received and met with understanding.

      Even I, an expert communicator honored with the task of helping others do it better, don’t communicate perfectly 100% of the time. But thankfully it’s not all or nothing. The most important part is having the knowledge and humility to acknowledge your own communication pitfalls or glitches, and new approaches and skills to remedy them. Then you’re set up to succeed most of the time.

      People are an indefinite source of intrigue and inspiration; I definitely look forward to your future writing!

      PS: I feel for your friend; I did in-home CPS-type work as well. Grueling, rewarding work.

  8. thanks for checking out my blog, the world needs more people like you, helping them to make sense of it all – best, beth

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