Sarah Elkalban, Resident in Counseling

Sarah Elkalban

CREDENTIALS:

Resident in Counseling

CLIENT POPULATION:

Adults

TREATMENT APPROACH:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Existential Therapy, Faith-Based Counseling, Solution-Focused Therapy

LOCATION:

In-person

AVAILABILITY:

Evenings, Saturdays

INSURANCE:

Out of network with all plans

I would be honored to walk alongside you through the trials and tribulations that you face as you seek a place of wholeness and wellbeing. Throughout our time together, I look forward to providing a warm, compassionate space to help you develop resilience over your circumstances, strength through adversity, and support to develop your inner resources to find hope and joy so you can achieve your goals and feel fully alive. I have personally learned and believe that while the past shapes us, it does not need to define us as we become present to overcome barriers that hold us back from living the life that awaits us.

I have a heart for supporting adults dealing with anxiety, depression, life transitions, personal conflict, or a myriad of existential issues that leave us with many fears and unanswered questions. I empower those who need help discovering or re-discovering their self-worth and innate gifts that they have to offer the world. When requested, I am happy to engage a faith-based approach to help you illuminate the bigger picture to overcome obstacles. I have served as an educator in teaching, counseling, and leadership capacities for almost 20 years and in addition, I have experience as a counselor in the community setting, as well serving clients with a variety of concerns. Additionally, I hold a special place and unique understanding of the challenges that caregivers face and enjoy helping others pour into their own self-care in order to thrive.

My approach is person-centered as I value your background and experiences in a safe, non-judgmental, and genuine space. We are not meant to go through life’s difficulties alone and in our toughest moments, we need someone calm, compassionate, trustworthy, and fully present to support us in our greatest time of need. Reach out if I can be that person for you. As a Resident in Counseling, I work under the supervision of Casey Sarafinas.

Education:

PreK-12 Administration and Supervision License through FCPS ACC and UVA

M.Ed. in Counselor Education, Virginia Tech

M.A in American Studies, Penn State

B.A. in English Education, Penn State

Professional Affiliation:

American Counseling Association (ACA)

Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)

More About Me:

I have worked in the field of education for almost 20 years as a teacher, school counselor, intervention specialist, and instructional coach, along with numerous leadership roles. In my free time, I enjoy time with friends and family, walking, writing, reading, painting, and being out in nature.

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