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Graduate Counseling Intern

Sarah can be reached at (202) 713-9670 or

Client Population
Children, Adolescents, Adults
Primary Approaches/Treatment Specialties
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Existential Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Integrative, Expressive Arts Therapy, Christian
Weekday, Early morning
Sarah sees clients both in-office and virtually.

Worried, lonely, misunderstood, afraid, angry, sad, anxious, hopeless, indifferent — these are common feelings for children, adolescents, and adults alike. As a counselor, I believe we all desire to be seen, known, and understood, and I aim to create a space where individuals experience just that. I believe inviting big feelings and diverse experiences into our clinical space and facing them together, empowers individuals to encounter freedom and healing.

I support children, adolescents, and adults facing anxiety and depression, as well as other difficulties including emotional expression and regulation, body image, self esteem, loss & grief, interpersonal relationships, loneliness, and navigating change & transition.

I use a variety of person-centered therapeutic techniques including elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play, expressive arts, and existential approaches. At your request, I am able to incorporate faith and spirituality into counseling. I work with clients of all faith perspectives and personally practice Christianity.

Education, Credentials & Memberships:

  • Graduate Counseling Intern practicing under Aileen Elsaesser, LPC
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Studies from Vanderbilt University
  • Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marymount University
  •  The American Counseling Association

More about me:

  • I was born & raised in Chicago, have lived in Tennessee and North Carolina, and now I reside in Alexandria with my husband.
  • In my spare time, you can find me spending time outside, going on walks, lying by the pool, listening to music or podcasts, and trying any flavor of ice cream I can find!

I look forward to supporting your mental health journey.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation or would like more information, please fill out the request form or call our office (703-534-5100) and request to speak to me.