Meet Sara

Sara Carter, LPC-Associate

Anxiety and Panic Disorders
Performance Pressures
Trauma and PTSD
Women's Issues
Relationship Distress
Life Transitions
Self Esteem and Identity Issues

Rate: $100 Hourly

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How would you describe your approach to therapy?

I provide therapy to individual adults seeking to learn, heal, and flourish. My focus is helping people own their stories and attend to the parts that hurt. I offer a combination of measured interventions, including insight and compassion, in hopes that clients will be able to participate more fully in life. Truly, we all need spaces in our lives where we can be listened to and breathe a bit deeper.

My practice is primarily informed by the idea that our relational contexts make up much of who we are, how we make sense of things, and how we move in the world. This means we will work through those things, both internally and externally, that shape(ed) your choices, desires, beliefs, and anxieties, in order to envision something different together. I believe we already possess many of the tools necessary for change, but there are often barriers between “knowing” and “doing.” The therapeutic relationship allows us to explore these barriers, as well as to access and practice tools for you to carry with you out into the world. As neuroscientific research unfolds, it continues to emphasize that the therapeutic relationship is the primary vessel for healing.

What led you to become a counselor?

Although I am a therapist, I am human first and foremost. The parts of me that are drawn to stories, questions, and meaning are the parts of me that are drawn to the therapy room—both as a therapist and client. I count it an immense privilege to be invited into your story. I wholeheartedly believe in this work, because I wholeheartedly believe in the power of an empathetic witness.

What trainings have you completed and how do they relate to your ideal client?

I graduated with a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in 2019 with a focus on trauma-informed clinical care. As part of my education, I completed an internship in a community agency setting. Since then, I have provided clinical and case management services to a broad spectrum of individuals all with unique experiences, resiliencies, and intersecting identities. 

My clinical scope also includes a Level 1 certification in Lifespan Integration Therapy, which primarily addresses the aftermath of traumatic experiences. I also have a background in Narrative Therapy, Somatic/Sensorimotor (body-based) Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Is there anything else you would like your clients to know?

I would wager that the path that led you to seek out therapy has not been a linear one. Similarly, healing is not linear. Sometimes therapy is awkward. Sometimes therapy is playful. Sometimes therapy is repetitive. Sometimes therapy surprises us. Sometimes things get worse before they get better. Our collaboration along the way is key. I am also deeply committed to learning along with you and staying mindful of my self.

Personal note - What do you love to do in your free time?

When I’m not in the office, I enjoy writing, bingeing sitcoms, and Crossfit. 

Restored Family Counseling • 2019