Professional Counseling and Therapy
Often it can seem likes things are just moving too fast. We do not have the time, resources, or skills to sort it all out, and we become overwhelmed. These days, it can feel like trauma is all around us. Stress affects our moods, our relationships at home and work, it affects our bodies and health, and our overall enjoyment of our lives.
Therapy is a way of making our problems more manageable. It allows us to release built-up tension and find resolutions to patterns in our lives that
may have been plaguing us for years.
The goals of treatment vary between individuals. In our first session, we will explore what stressors and situations are causing you discomfort. Together we will create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
About Sarah Brawer, M.A
Sarah Brawer has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, adults, children /adolescents, families, and couples. She specializes in both mental health, trauma, and substance abuse treatment. She is a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapist and is the coordinator of the Florida Keys Trauma Recovery Network.
Sarah practiced as a substance abuse therapist with the court for over 14 years and has extensive experience working within the judicial system. She has been in private practice for 10 years in various locations. Sarah has worked with children in multiple settings, as well as having developed programming for children and youth.
Sarah’s education includes a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology. She has presented at the American Psychological Association conference and has been published in “Teaching of Psychology”. She is am a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for Academic Excellence, and a recipient of the Quill and Scroll Award.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A mental health professional has the training and experience to help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to answer in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
As therapy is unique to each individual, as we will map out a path to a healthier life together.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I have been practicing for over 20 years. I work with people struggling with both mental health and substance abuse problems.