Sarah Poulos, MSW, LCSW
“I help women with anxiety and/or ADHD find hope to overcome their struggles.”
I understand the realities of anxiety and how easily it can overwhelm you. I can help. It can be hard to take that first step to reach out – or even admit to yourself that anxiety is really what’s impacting your life, but I know that therapy can really change your daily life for the better.
When our thoughts are unpleasant, or when something flat out awful happens, our first instinct is to fight it. Understandably so, because our brain was wired this way, to keep us safe from threats. But what if all threats weren’t real? What if it was just your mind telling you it’s real because it FEELS real? Feelings are so strong and can be overbearing at times. The good news is that feelings come and go, as do our thoughts. Living inside of our unwanted thoughts and feelings often takes away from us being able to experience what’s going on in actual reality. My main approach to helping you with this is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In short, you and I would work together to help you:
- identify your thoughts as helpful or unhelpful
- gain control of your unhelpful thoughts and stop fighting with them
- learn skills to distinguish between helpful and unhelpful thoughts
- identify your values and how to live within them
- learn to practice acceptance in helpful ways
- practice mindfulness
Through ACT, I encourage my clients to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them. I believe that running away from our issues and fears only increases the distance from the solution. We can work together to practice your acceptance of your thoughts and feelings so we can commit to facing your problems head-on instead of avoiding them. I want to help you accept your challenges in stride and overcome them.
- Women’s Issues
- Relationship Struggles
Types of therapy I offer:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Grief Support Therapy
- Emotion Focused Therapy
- Solution-Focused Therapy
What I love about my job:
I love helping my clients see their worth and value. We work hard together, but watching the people transform is so rewarding!
We are more resilient than we think we are!
On a Personal Note:
I LOVE to make flower arrangements, have good conversations, drink coffee, ride my bicycle, spend time with my family, going on adventures, having “me” time, and consider myself a bit of a foodie.