Sarah Williams, M.Ed., Licensed Professional Counselor
My Approach to Counseling
As a Licensed Professional Counselor I am passionate about helping individuals learn and accept who they are, overcome barriers and create a life that feels authentic and fulfilling to them. I believe the relationship between the therapist and client is the most important part of therapy and I strive to create a space where clients feel safe, validated, understood and supported. I view my clients as fellow humans rather than diagnoses or labels and I recognize that there are external factors that contribute to how each of us think, feel and behave. Sometimes just feeling seen, heard and accepted for who you really are can be healing in and of itself. I recognize that my clients are the experts in their lives, and I utilize a collaborative, gentle approach to meet them wherever they may be in their journey. By feeling comfortable to share and explore freely we can look at how past experiences and unconscious thoughts may be affecting you in the present. I became a therapist as a result of my personal experience in therapy, so I know how it feels to be on the other side and the positive transformation that therapy can bring. Therapy helps people recognize the power they have within themselves and I am honored to be a part of that experience.
I graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies in 2014, followed by a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology in 2017. Upon finishing my graduate work I completed 3000 hours of training required by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas.
While in graduate school I completed a yearlong internship at The Women's Home, where I counseled women who were experiencing homelessness and recovering from addiction and/or mental health issues while participating in a six to eighteen month residential treatment program. After graduating I served as a counselor for the Harris County Community Supervision & Corrections Department and was the counselor for all female participants of Saving Ourselves by Education and Recovery (SOBER) DWI Court, a program designed to provide intensive intervention to misdemeanor DWI clients who have been assessed to be at significant risk to reoffend. During my time with Harris County CSCD I also led Dual Diagnosis Residential Program Aftercare male group counseling and conducted Intensive Outpatient group counseling sessions for men and women. I then moved into private practice working with adults at the Houston Relationship Center with Jyl Scott-Reagan. Being in private practice confirmed my special interest in counseling young adults and young professionals. In addition to my work experience, I volunteered for five years at Bo's Place, a non-profit, free-of-charge bereavement center, where I facilitated grief support groups for adolescents who had experienced the death of a loved one. All these experiences have helped me to better understand the different ways that we as humans try to get our needs met and emphasized to me the importance of every individual's need for a sense of love and belonging, resiliency and ability to make changes in their life.