I’m pretty much a Heart Whisperer and a Mindset Master.
When I’m not munching on inspirational quotes for breakfast, or silently contemplating how to heal the world, I can usually be found doing a few things I love most: Rocking out a yoga pose or two. Traveling with my hubby and itty-bitty pups. Singing the wrong lyrics to 80’s metal music.
I’ve been a psychotherapist for over 17 years. I use a ton of humor and compassion in working with my clients. I combine mindfulness training, relaxation strategies, stress management techniques, anxiety management skills, trauma-informed care, and client-centered therapy to help my clients actualize their hopes and dreams.
My clients enter counseling to overcome and conquer their inner critic, self-doubt, Imposter Syndrome, relationship woes, perfectionism, performance anxiety, and overwhelming stress that gets in the way of achieving their ambitions.
For years, I have had a traditional therapy practice. While it was easy for me to sit in my office and wait for clients to come in, my clients had many obstacles:
- Taking time out of their day to head to my office.
- Carving out time of their overflowing schedules for in-office therapy.
- Being afraid that someone might see them as they walked through my front door or after an appointment.
- Finding childcare, which was often quite difficult, especially with a sick kid sent home from school earlier in the day.
- Struggling with the nightmare of coordinating session times with their partner who wanted to join in a session or two.
I don’t think scheduling, childcare, or fear of being seen in an office ought to keep anyone from the benefit of counseling.
Counseling is a game-changer for many women because it helps women clarify their goals and gain the strategies to make their dreams a reality.
I have known way too many women who truly felt like they were going at it alone. Like no one is really listening and showing up for them. As if no one is really seeing them.
Mr. Fred Rogers said, “”In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”
Counseling is a unique experience because therapists are trained in listening. But not just listening: We’re trained in responding. While sometimes friends or colleagues can be good listeners, they often don’t know how to help you find the solutions to your problems. And trust me, there are always solutions.
- Learning to think about a problem differently or trying a different tactic to bolster your self-esteem.
- Practicing listening to yourself and learning how to say what you need so that others will listen and really hear you, leading you to feeling more respected and connected to those around you.
- Healing the hurts of the past and learning to respond differently to the same problem giving you lasting relief.
This is why counseling is so different than seeking advice and support from a friend or loved one.
Education and Training:
Sara Anderson has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Kennesaw State University and a Master’s degree in Psychology from West Georgia University. Sara attended MidAmerica Nazarene University and completed a Post-Graduate Certification Program and residency in Play Therapy. Sara has extensive training in parenting issues, child therapy, addiction, family violence, trauma, stress-reactions, performance anxiety, and work-related anxiety.
License / Certification:
Georgia Professional Counselor License # 004510
National Certified Counselor # 272586
Georgia Certified Addictions Counselor #3099
National Certified Master Addiction Counselor #508975
Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor #S-1701
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Distance Certified Counselor #1593
EMDR 1 & 2
Certified Yoga Instructor