Sarah Banser, MSW is currently in the process of sitting for the Licensed Clinical Social Worker exam. Sarah obtained her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Auburn University. She went on and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in mental health from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Sarah first gained experience in the field by working for a residential treatment facility that provided comprehensive services to adolescent males with severe behavioral disorders and co- occurring mental illness. She has three years’ experience and continues serving as a school and community based Behavioral Health therapist with a Youth and Family service agency in Chicago. During this time Sarah provides a wide range of clinical services including individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management and social and emotional school wide assessments/ psycho-education.

Sarah works with a strengths based approach and believes that creating and fostering a welcoming, personal and collaborative environment is a vital part of the therapeutic relationship. Importantly, she aims to always meet clients where they are at and implements a creative approach to help incorporate things her clients love into therapy such as art, mindfulness, music, reading and more. Sarah utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivation Interviewing techniques to help individuals navigate the many life transitions they may experience.

Sarah has primary works with children, adolescents and young adults on managing anxiety, depression and adjustment to life changes. Additional areas of experience include mood disorders, trauma, child development, self-harm behavior, identity related issues, low self-esteem, relationship issues, and family conflict.