I have experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, and relational issues.
I am trained in EMDR
and Sensorimotor therapy, both of which are neuro-physical-based modalities.
Sarah F. Collins, MA, LP
Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology
I'm often asked why I wanted to be a counselor. In college, I started as an English Literature major. However, while I do enjoy a good book, I realized I wasn't necessarily passionate enough about literature for it to be central to my career path. A creative writing professor wanted me to switch to Creative Writing and an Art professor was trying to talk me into going the route of visual art. Through this whole process, what I realized is I have been drawn to to literature, writing, and art because of a love for story and design. I love books that have rich character development, I love the idea of authoring, and I love using imagination to picture possibilities and design. What better than the practice of psychology to combine all three of these? We are all in a story with chapters behind us and ahead of us. We all have the ability to author things in our lives, and with the help of our imaginations we can dream up what may be possible to stir up hope and move towards it. So, as a junior, I switched my major to psychology. The switch was one of the best decisions of my life.
After undergrad, I went on to earn my Master's in Counseling Psychology. During that time and since then, I have worked in the field of mental health for over 17 years through a variety of mental health settings and roles. I have served adults with severe and persistent mental illness through community health programs and also through in-home mental health services. I have also worked with adults transitioning out of Anoka Regional Treatment Center back to their own housing. In 2005, I began counseling college students at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. Then, in 2006, I began my private practice and have been fortunate to connect with and learn from some wonderful, talented colleagues along the way.
After thirteen years at Northwestern, I ended my work there to focus solely on my continued work in private practice. I absolutely love what I do. I count it as an honor and privilege to be able to sit with my clients and talk about the deeper and bigger things in life. I like looking at the big picture with my clients and helping them see what is possible for their lives.
In the Midst
I enjoy photography, documentaries, travel, camping, comedy, writing, and pretty much anything on HGTV. I love to draw, read, and research. I am married and have two children.
I respect my clients. I think they're some of the wisest, strongest, and bravest people I know. Even if they don't view themselves that way.