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Highland Meadows Counseling Center, LLC
3737 30th Ave. NW
Rochester, MN 55901

As the Founder and Director of Highland Meadow Counseling Center, Sarah provides both individual and group therapy, supervises mental health practitioners and interns, and offers professional development/consultation to clinicians in the community.  Sarah strives to provide a warm and non-judgmental environment to those she works with.  Sarah strongly believes in the power of the therapeutic partnership to help uncover clients’ strengths and resources in order to bring about the changes they desire in their lives.

Sarah received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Sarah has worked in the social work field for over 15 years.  Sarah’s professional experience has involved working in a variety of settings including a non- profit adoption agency, child protective services, community based mental health, in home therapeutic services and private practice.

She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families dealing with complex issues including depression, anxiety, parent/child relationship issues, adoption issues, attachment disruptions, trauma, behavioral / self-regulation issues, and communication issues.

Sarah’s training and competencies are in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, family therapy, adoption and attachment work, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, play therapy, Theraplay©, faith based counseling and co-parenting support. Sarah is also a vetted therapist with the MN ADOPT HELP Program, a program that provides post-adoption clinical support and resource linkage assistance to the Minnesota adoption community.

Additionally, Sarah is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician.™ The DBT-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC) process was created with high standards and rigorous protocols for assessing and recognizing the knowledge and capacity of the clinician to deliver DBT in the form Dr. Linehan and colleagues developed from years of evidence-based research. Sarah has completed these protocols and assessment process to be one of the first 10 clinicians certified in the state of Minnesota and one of the first 100 clinicians in the United States.

Additional Information

Service Location: Office Based

Languages Spoken: English

Practice Focus:
Young Child (0-5)
Elementary Age (6-12)
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (Adopted person; 19+)
Adult (Adopted person)
Adult (Adoptive Parent – Individual)
Birth/First Parent/Family

Areas of Practice Strength:
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Childhood Depression
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Personality Disorders
Eating Disorders
Self-Harming Behaviors
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Search & Reunion Support
Adoption Identity (i.e. sense of self-worth; self-esteem…etc.)
Early Traumatic Experiences
Open Adoption
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Sexual Abuse (Perpetrator)

Treatment Modalities:
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Play Therapy: TheraPlay
Prolonged Exposure Trauma treatment (Edna Foa’s work)


updated summer/2017

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    Choosing a Therapist
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    Working with an Adoption Therapist

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