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Sarah CaseBuilding greater intimacy and connection in your significant relationships…

Increasing resilience in the face of adversity…

Creating space to grieve losses and make meaning…

Finding new reserves of hope and tools for change in the midst of feeling stuck…

Becoming ever more centered and wholehearted in who you are and what matters to you…

Summoning courage to take risks and move toward hopes and dreams…

These are the things that light me up – the topics I stay up late reading books about and having long conversations about, the ideas at the heart of the work I do with clients. I would be honored to partner with you in the work that matters most to you.

I will approach our work together with genuine curiosity about your story, respect for what you believe, and tools to help you move toward the life you want.

As a family systems therapist, I work to understand people in the contexts of their relationships – with family of origin, significant others, friends, social groups, workplace, faith community, and the culture at large. Even when I am working with an individual client, we are doing systems work as we understand that our problems do not develop in a vacuum, but emerge within the setting of our relationships with other people and the way we interact with the world. We may use a variety of lenses to better understand and address the problems that bring you to therapy – such as the attachment style you developed with your primary caregiver in early childhood, how trauma has impacted your life, patterns from your family of origin that have shaped you, and the messages you have internalized along the way about who you are. Specifically, I often draw upon techniques found in Narrative Therapy, which helps us explore the stories that shape our identities, and focuses on connecting with our personal values and hopes to imagine the possibilities for creating a new story for the future. As we work together, I will tailor my approach to your unique personality, needs and preferences.

My work with couples is also influenced by the work of Dr. Sue Johnson (Emotion Focused Couple Therapy) and Drs. John and Julie Gottman (The Gottman Institute).

I hold a Masters degree in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling from George Fox University. My coursework included studies in family systems, couple therapy, advanced family therapy, traumatology, interpersonal neurobiology, emotion focused therapy, play therapy, addictions, and group therapy. In addition, I have a B.A. in Sociology from Willamette University and professional experience working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence in a shelter setting, with homeless and at-risk youth in a job training program, and as a counselor to individuals, couples and families in a family homeless shelter. My community involvement includes having served as a volunteer community mediator of neighborhood disputes, and as a leader in my faith community. I live in Portland with my husband and children and enjoy spending my free time exploring all that our gorgeous city has to offer.