Hello! My name is Sarah Pender-Bey and I am a licensed professional counselor. I have been counseling for over 7 years. I work with individuals 16 and older with diverse backgrounds and identities looking to gain support in anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. I also have a particular interest working with women and BIPOC populations. No matter your reasons for seeking therapy-whether you want to find better ways to manage your anxiety or shift the lens in how you see your life- I invite you to simply come as you are!
I help people find acceptance and value in themselves so they can better navigate this enormous thing called life. I do this by using various tools from cognitive behavioral therapy, EMDR, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, somatic therapy, and more. This means we will engage in activities that increase awareness and calm the body such as trauma-informed visualization, meditation, journaling, and gratitude.
Did you know that trauma is typically stored in the body? Therefore, in addition to exploring your thoughts, behaviors, and patterns, we will also have a focus on connecting to the body.
I believe that if your brain has the power to complicate things for you, it also has the power to heal you.
In our sessions together, we will collaborate to establish goals to work towards in the course of treatment in a safe, non-judgmental space. My goal is to support you with a listening ear and provide tools/perspectives that will help with your growth. Instead of continuously chasing the feeling of happiness, lets create a more balanced view of life that includes all aspects of the human experience.
Realistically, life includes joy and suffering, and you are the best driver to your own peace.
I am a Black and Asian woman who grew up in a military culture. My identities and experiences shape how I navigate the world and play an important part of who I am.
I enjoy spending time with loved ones, hiking, fitness, experiencing new adventures, music, and laughing until it hurts.
I look forward to meeting you!