Sarah Kardelen, MA, LMHCA
Description of Counselor/Practice
Life in 2020 has been anything but normal. This has caused us to experience feelings of sadness, anxiety, hopelessness, and much more. You may be feeling that the strands of your life are unraveling and you want to make sense of it all. My private practice, Tapestry Therapy, is founded upon the belief that your life is like a tapestry, consisting of strands of stories that have been woven together to make one larger story. Our story is part of a greater tapestry which is the story of our race, culture, country and the world. Through the work of therapy, we come to understand our stories and decide how we will write future chapters.
Living in Turkey for many years deeply impacted and formed who I am, which is a bilingual and bicultural therapist. I approach life and my work through an anti-oppression lens as I provide trauma informed care. As I work with clients of diverse cultures I am mindful of the historical, racial and inter-generational trauma that they have likely experienced. I am also committed to continuing to examine my own areas of privilege, and to living out cultural humility. I am also passionate about the intersection of psychology, theology, culture and creativity.
I work to cultivate a welcoming space for us to be in. It is within this space that we can collaboratively explore your struggles. I believe that the greatest instrument of healing and change is our therapeutic relationship, which is based on empathy and radical respect. I consider it a privilege to journey with you and I invite you to reach out to me.
My therapeutic style is empathetic, relational, and realistic. My approach is grounded in Psychodynamic Therapy and informed by Relational Cultural Theory. I also draw from attachment theory and narrative therapy, and I will be utilizing Lifespan Integration protocols, which I am currently pursuing certification in this modality.
Areas of focus:
Domestic Violence & Abuse (Emotional, Physical, Sexual & Spiritual), Trauma & PTSD, Immigrants, Refugees, Expatriates and Repatriate Adjustment, Divorce, Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Spirituality, Substance Use, Grief and Loss, Children, Youth, and Adults.