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Meet The Therapist

Sarah Souder Johnson

Therapy is a process of exploration, development, and, sometimes, great change. I am honored to walk with individuals who enter into a therapeutic relationship with me as they grow into more aware and confident versions of themselves. My primary client base is adolescent and young adults. I enjoy working with college students as they move through one of the most dynamic periods of life; it is not easy keeping all those spinning plates - academics, social life, work, family, etc. - in the air while trying to answer the question, “What am I going to do with my life?”. I am very interested in the arts (I am a musician myself and was very involved in dance and theater growing up) and so I am also drawn to working with people who have creative personalities. I enjoy helping them better understand how they see the world and how the world responds to them.

I see counseling as an active, collaborative process. The nitty gritty of how we spend time in sessions depends on each person's specific needs and comfort level. Some clients want to incorporate creative elements like movement, writing, and music while others prefer conversation. There is no right or wrong. The client sets the pace, helps define goals, and gives feedback on progress.

On days I am not working at Sentier, I may be at my other job, which is teaching and working in student affairs at a local college. My favorite pastime is being with my family (I am married and have two kids and two pets) and community of friends. I also enjoy biking and walking around the lakes, making and listening to music, people watching, volunteering, fixing up my house, and Netflix.

 

My Educational Background

Bachelors’s Degree - St. Olaf College, Northfield MN

Master’s Degree - Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN

Post-degree training - Higher Education Management

Current Licensure - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Board-approved clinical supervisor

 

Honors & Awards

Voice of Inclusion Award, Minnesota College Personnel Association

Roger F. Aubrey Northstar Award, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

 

My Clinical Experience

  • College students
  • Adolescents and teens
  • Creative personalities
  • Flow states
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse and recovery
  • Grief & Loss
  • Identity issues
  • LGBTQIA+
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Family therapy
  • Divorce
  • Parenting teens
  • Transition and adjustment

I work with individuals across the spectrum of age, ability, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.

 

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