Sarah Weber, MA, LMHCA, ATR-PR
Meet Sarah Weber, MA, LMHCA, ATR-PR...
Philosophy & Therapeutic Approach
Sarah believes therapy to be a collaborative space where the therapist provides guidance for individuals to make their own decisions and choices through providing a brave and safe place to explore the self. Sarah uses a strengths based approach to counseling to gain knowledge and understanding of an individual's values and goals.
Sarah practices counseling from a trauma informed perspective. Sarah believes trauma exists on a spectrum and can greatly impact an individual's overall well-being and health.
Sarah utilizes therapy frameworks rooted in disability, feminist, humanistic, queer, culturally competent (humility) and multicultural theories. Sarah aims to be an ally to communities and individuals with identities that are marginalized through continuing education, living with specific values, educating others, and advocating for individuals in and outside of the therapeutic space. Sarah practices counseling from a place of non judgment and mutual respect.
Sarah integrates use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for treatment of anxiety, OCD, and depression. Sarah believes in the CBT principle which posits the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors as interconnected.
Sarah implements Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to increase distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness practices. DBT is also known for being effective in treating personality disorders or folks engaging in self-harming behaviors. Sarah understands that individuals often need an opportunity to learn skills and coping mechanisms to make choices that are healthy and promote growth so personal values can be upheld and goals can be achieved.
Sarah utilizes Art Therapy as a way to access experiences unable to be captured through verbal language, to enhance therapeutic alignment, as a tool for emotion regulation and to further introspection of the self. Using the Expressive Therapies Continuum (ETC) Sarah gains insight into individual experiences of the world and inner domains through an individual's process of creating, material preferences and meaning making. Sarah believes play also exists in the realm of art-making and uses both narrative and play therapy with children.
Sarah enjoys being in nature, cooking, spending time with family/friends, practicing yoga and playing with her puppy. Sarah previously studied fine arts and continues to use her art practice to self reflect and experiment with materials. Sarah came to the field of counseling through life experiences and an opportunity teaching a yoga and literacy after school program, which led to the discovery of BIG expression in the art components.
Education, Licenses, & Experience
Master of Arts in Art Therapy & Counseling from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA)
Licensed Mental Health Professional (MHP)
Sarah has experience working in a variety of settings including partial hospitalization, residential, education and community based services. Sarah has worked with individuals with ASD, Anxiety, OCD, OC-Spectrum, Depression, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Personality Disorders, PTSD, & Trauma. Sarah has clinical experience with children (ages 5+), adolescents, adults and families.