"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." - Carl Rogers.
Sara obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music from BYU-Provo in 2004 and a Master of Counseling from Idaho State University in 2020. Sara values a holistic approach and provides experiences in sessions to address both mind and body. She has found that growth comes through increasing self-awareness and self-compassion, fostering a mind-body connection, and practicing intentional authenticity.
Sara serves adolescents and adults with various concerns, including depression, grief, anxiety, and trauma. She also enjoys serving the LGBTQIA+ community and those experiencing faith transitions.
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an evidence-based model of therapy that promotes growth and healing through harmonizing parts of self. IFS aims to help persons trust their inner self as a guide, identify their needs and values, and empower them to live accordingly.
Services Offered: Therapy/Counseling
Outside work, Sara enjoys hiking/trail running, eating delicious food she doesn't have to make, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
"Let go of who you think you're supposed to be; embrace who you are." – Brene Brown
"When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending." – Brene Brown
Mel has worked in the mental health field since 2016, starting as a paraprofessional and eventually becoming an LMSW in 2022. They have experience with individual, couples, and family counseling, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies, Narrative and Solution-Focused Therapy, and have attained Level 1certification in Gottman Couples Therapy.
As you can tell from the quotes above, Mel prefers a strength-based, narrative approach to the difficulties we all face in life, whether in the past, present, or future. They focus on creating a safe, accepting environment where clients are heard, understood, and empowered to change their lives. Mel has worked with anxiety, depression, current and childhood trauma, grief and loss, gender and sexuality issues, and the complications and adversities of everyday life. They have been active in the LGBTQIA+ community in Southeast Idaho for many years, and their greatest dream is to see the area become a single community with room and respect for everyone.
If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, please don't hesitate to reach out.