Sarah Sanderson, MA, LMHC
My name is Sarah Sanderson and I am a licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State. I received my bachelor’s degree in IAS: Psychology from the University of Washington, Tacoma. I received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brandman University. I have been working in the mental health care field for five years with the majority of my time working in outpatient community mental health and the group therapy setting. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and families. I currently provide outpatient services, and I enjoy working with LGBTQ+, young adult life transitions, depression, anxiety, and relationship challenges.
I grew up primarily in Washington state, in part because of the military. I was exposed, both within my family and externally, to a wide range of cultures and experiences. I also was able to learn about, and work through, the various stressors of transitioning as a child. I struggled a lot as a child and adolescent with finding my place and fitting in. Feeling like an outsider hindered my self-esteem. However, growing up with a community that supported me, ignited my passion for supporting others through life’s many challenges. I find that it is incredibly important to have allie in our struggles; people who walk with us through our challenges. It can be scary and difficult to ask for help, but in the end, I have learned that asking for help affords us some of the best outcomes.
I am guided by the belief that all people have within them the knowledge and power to make change in their own life. I believe that my role is as a supporter in guiding you to making the changes and decisions you think are best for you. I believe that a therapeutic relationship is built on the foundation of respect, honesty, and kindness. Together, we discuss your primary concerns, create or discuss treatment goals, and I will then utilized various theoretical orientations to support you reach those goals. I practice a variety of evidenced-based techniques, taking into account the whole person. Some approaches I taking might be Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Based approach. Depending on your needs therapy may be brief or can extend long term.