Psychotherapist - LPC
Hello, my name is Sarah Eisenhauer and I’m a licensed therapist. My focus is helping adults and emerging adults to explore identity issues that are causing them distress or difficulty. I work well with individuals who are seeking to gain an overall enhanced understanding and acceptance of self. Additionally, I work with individuals experiencing mood disorders and/or anxiety, people going through life transitions or struggling with adjusting to change, trauma, and women’s issues.
My approach to therapy is rooted in the belief that counseling is a collaborative process toward change that can be successful with your hard work, input and courage. Our relationship will assist you in acquiring the skills necessary to explore yourself and achieve the goals that you strive to attain.
Focus on Identity and Acceptance of Self:
I like to help individuals who are looking to develop and maintain a stable sense of who they are; cultivating your identity and self-esteem while staying attuned to your truest beliefs. This often involves understanding how past experiences have shaped the way we view ourselves and relate to others.
Trauma has lingering effects that we sometimes aren’t even aware of, such as anxiety, depression, irritability, feeling “on edge” or fearful often, and all of these symptoms and more are exhausting. When these difficult experiences interfere with your ability to enjoy life, it can be hard to figure out what to do, and we can feel stuck. I’d like to help you find ways to come back to yourself; to find more ease and safety in your world, and to feel like you have more control over how your past impacts you now.
Mood disorders and Anxiety:
Struggling with mood and anxiety can be a very difficult, isolating process. In addition to “talk therapy”, I also utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which looks at the interaction between feelings, thoughts and behaviors; and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), which is similar to CBT but works especially well with emotional vulnerability. These interventions are proven to be effective with mood disorders and anxiety and can provide some concrete skills to lessen the impact of these issues on your life.
Life Transitions and Adjustments:
Change is really difficult! Even if changes are positive they are often uncomfortable and we naturally resist them. We can explore what thoughts or beliefs may be keeping you “stuck” in patterns that no longer feel positive or like they’re working for you.
HOW I HELP
Therapy provides a safe place to explore reactions, thoughts, and feelings about relationships and experiences in your life, and your place within this system. It allows you the opportunity to practice new ways of being, and, when ready, to try these new skills in other relationships and situations.
I believe that it is important to look to the past to understand the present. Understanding the “why” often helps us to make sense of our feelings and responses today. The more aware we can become of our feelings, the more choice we have in how we make meaning of them and how we respond to them.
I believe that each individual has a unique view of the world, based on his or her role in it and their personal experiences. I will take this into account as we work to improve the quality of your life.
Skills and Expertise
Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
Family of Origin Issues
Mindfulness based therapy
Navigating Identity in Relationships
Acceptance Commitment Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
DBT Informed Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Person Centered Therapy
Trauma Focused Therapy