Philosophy of Care
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, young adults, elders, the LGBTQ+ community, and parents who are looking for a place to heal and grow. With a firm belief that people are the experts on their own lives, I counsel within the framework of beliefs and values that they bring into the room. Having spent four years living in developing nations, I have a deep level of respect for the diversity of human experience and the interconnectedness of beliefs, relationships, environment, and mental health.
I believe that understanding the narratives we have about ourselves and how they came to be can help us break free from limitations, limiting beliefs, and the boxes we often find ourselves in. Re-writing our narratives also help us to replace shame with compassion and understanding and helps us to redefine our sense of self. My approach to therapy is trauma-informed, attachment based, and takes into account the many systems we are a part of, the complexities of our thought processes, and the current impact of our unmet childhood, adolescent, and adult needs. I enjoy working with clients who may be skeptical or nervous about coming to therapy and utilize a whole-person approach that includes providing information about resources outside of talk therapy that may offer support and healing.
Education and Licensure
MA in Couple and Family Therapy, Antioch University Seattle, 2019
BA in Psychology and Human Services, Antioch University Seattle, 2014
Promoting First Relationships Certified Provider, 2020
LMFTA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associate, WA State, 2019 - Present
Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Vancouver Couple and Family Institute, 2019
Specialties and Modalities
Internal Family Systems
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Parenting- Early Childhood
Borderline Personality Disorder
Geriatric Mental Health
Grief and Loss
To set an appointment or consultation with Sarah Smith, give us a call at (425) 242-6267.