This simple statement is how I like to start off many of my therapy sessions. It is amazing what clarity we can bring to our lives by simply slowing down, pausing and taking a conscious breath. It is my goal to provide you with a safe place to slow down and pay attention, all the while learning how to be gentle with yourself as we explore the nature of what has been bringing you discomfort in your life. With support, a safe place and guidance, we then create a plan that suits your goal for wellness.
I work with adults and adolescents (over age 12) in individual, family, and couples therapy dealing with issues of :
- Grief and loss including complex and traumatic grief
- Anxiety, stress and depression
- Co-dependency or learning to live and take care of yourself when living with addiction and or substance abuse
- Life Transitions due to divorce, breaking up from a relationship, job loss, etc.
I work to meet each client where they are, using listening, empathy and other client-centered approaches. I also incorporate Cognitive Behavioral and Mindfulness techniques. I truly believe how one thinks governs how they feel and in turn the behavioral choices they make in their lives.
My clinical internship was in Washington, DC where I worked for the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing: working with children, adolescents and adults dealing with traumatic loss. Using Play Therapy, groups, camps and individual counseling to facilitate the grief process. When my internship concluded I was fortunate to become employed by the State of Maryland through Project 103 at The Frederick County Adult Detention Center where I ran the Women’s Substance Abuse Unit for 3 years. In this space I continued to hone the skill of being able to sit with another in their discomfort, really listen and honor their stories, and offer no judgment in return. I also worked in Frederick’s first Drug Court Program before entering into private practice 10 years ago.
I am a graduate of Hood College with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in English Literature. It was at Hood in my first death and dying class that I experienced the freedom and healing that happens in telling ones story. This ignited the desire within me to do this for myself and to be there with others as they told their stories. I received my Masters of Counseling and a Certificate in Thanatology from the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY.
Contact Sarah Wirth, LCPC:
Hours: By appointment
Fees: Set / Some Sliding Scale / Some Insurance
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
– Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning