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Sarah Kardelen, MA, LMHCA

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Therapeutic Approach


Life can be confusing, complex and disappointing, and in turn we experience a multitude of feelings such as sadness, anger, anxiety, and hopelessness. You may be feeling that the strands of your life are unraveling and you want to make sense of it all.


My private practice, Tapestry Therapy, is founded upon the belief that your life is like a tapestry, consisting of strands of stories that have been woven together to make one larger story. Our story is part of the larger tapestry of our family, race, culture, country and world. Through the work of therapy, we come to understand our stories and are empowered to decide how we will write future chapters.

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I work to cultivate a welcoming space for us to be in. It is within this space that we can collaboratively explore the nature of your struggles. This process of exploration creates internal room for reflection, change and development. I believe that the greatest instrument of healing and change is our therapeutic relationship, which is based on empathy, empowerment and respect.


Current research has revealed that the brain can continue to develop and rewire itself through experiences, which actually change the brain’s structure and functioning. The therapeutic relationship and the experience of therapy do exactly this – rewire the brain. Thus, I commit being an empathetic presence who is fully engaged in this journey with you. While I bring expertise and wisdom into this therapeutic relationship, I believe that you are the expert on you. I consider it a privilege to journey with you to discover your story and a deeper understanding of who you are.

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Living in Turkey for many years deeply impacted and formed who I am, which is a bilingual (Turkish-speaking) and bicultural therapist. I approach life and my work through an anti-oppression lens as I provide trauma informed care. As I work with clients of diverse cultures I am mindful of the historical, racial and inter-generational trauma that they have likely experienced. I’m also committed to continuing to examine my own areas of privilege, and to practicing cultural humility.

My therapeutic style is empathetic, relational, and realistic. My approach is grounded in Psychodynamic Therapy and informed by Relational Cultural Theory. I also draw from attachment theory and narrative therapy. I utilize mindfulness, psychoeducation, ACT and CBT at times when a client needs to experience more grounding, containment and to build skills. I use Lifespan Integration protocols with clients who have experienced trauma.

                         
                                             My Journey

I worked in community mental health as a Wraparound Facilitator in the Wise program during my last year of grad school. This ignited my love for working with children, adolescents and families. Also, during that year I did clinical internships at Refugees Northwest and Sound Mental Health. Then in June, 2019, I graduated with my MA in Counseling Psychology. For over the past year I have worked in community mental health where I have provided therapy for adolescents who have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. I’ve also provided parent coaching in the past year. I’m thrilled to now be in private practice, an affiliate of Northwest Family Life, and the counseling advocate at Penny’s Place. I’m also passionate about the intersection of psychology, spirituality, culture and creativity.

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Areas of Focus

  • Domestic Violence
  • Abuse (Emotional, Physical, Sexual & Spiritual)
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Divorce
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Spirituality
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Substance Use
  • Relationship Issues
  • Immigrants, Refugees, & Asylum Seekers

Client Age Focus

  • Children (5 to 10)
  • Tweens (11-12)
  • Adolescents (13-19)
  • Adults

Certification

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate, Washington State Department of Health (#MC60973309)

Education

  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, 2019
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, Michigan State University, 1996
    • Minors in Mathematics & Music

Affiliation

MulticulturalCounselors.org Member

Languages

  • English
  • Turkish