Sarah Wells (she/her)
Hey there! … I’m Sarah. I’m a therapist (a pretty darn good one!), a mom and step-mom, a partner, the kind of friend that shows up, and a cat-person who found the love of a dog. I love dancing (all kinds!); getting out in nature (though my adventures are more tame these days); gardening (for food, health, and beauty); cooking wholesome foods; singing (especially with others); reading (when I’m not watching shows); dabbling in crafts; traveling (I mean, people, culture, food, nature!); playing games (especially when I win … ha!); and creating closer community through service, ceremony, and celebration.
I believe deeply in the inherent worth of every being (my Unitarian upbringing helped with that), and I’m committed to social-justice work (because health, safety, respect, and resources shouldn’t be privileges). I’m definitely human! I swear a bit (sometimes even in sessions). I have the occasional panic attack (they effing suck!). And sometimes I am not the perfect mom or partner. But, I continue to do my inner work (yup in therapy, just like you), and strive to always walk my talk with integrity. I find that life has the most meaning when I am actively deepening my relationship to Self through quiet practices, when I am engaged in heart-fulfilling fun, when I pause to care for others, and when I share the joys and sorrows of life with my family and community.
As your therapist, here’s what I personally bring to support our work together: sincere respect for YOUR values, choices, and lifestyle; down-to-earth warmth and relatability; a half century of experiences and lessons learned; ongoing training and education to do what I do well; an understanding of systemic inequities and social conditioning that give context to your unique lived experience; an open mind and sense of humor; and a strong belief in your capacity to learn and grow through therapy.
I have officially been working in the mental health field as a therapist since 2014. But, the truth is, all of my “grown-up” jobs have been centered around supporting the growth, development, and health of my fellow humans.
In my 20s, I was an instructor at the North Carolina Outward Bound School, facilitating wilderness adventures for adolescents and adults. It was there that I truly witnessed people’s ability to stretch beyond their perceived limits. I began to understand that we, as people, are not fixed and rigid, but flexible, resilient, and capable when we put our hearts and minds to it. And especially when we are encouraged and supported with compassion and care.
In my 30s, I learned and practiced the arts of massage therapy and natural healing. During this time, I honed the ability to hold supportive space for people’s emotions, energy, and discomfort, while cultivating a reliable intuition from years of deep listening and attunement.
By the time I made the decision to go to grad school at the age of 40, to become a counselor, it was like putting the finishing touches on a life spent learning how to help. Finally, getting my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health provided me with the information, theories, interventions, and practical skills needed to elevate my heart-centered healing approach to something profoundly more effective.
From my beginnings in counseling, working with families in crisis, to my current work as a private practitioner supporting teens, adults, and people in relationships, I have been in awe of the capacity of the human heart and spirit to heal and grow. I can’t imagine any other work being so rewarding.
Education, Licensure, & Training
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University
BA in Environmental Studies, Women’s Studies, concentration in Modern Dance from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC#11882), approved by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors
National Certified Counselor (NCC#627948) by the National Board of Certified Counselors
EMDR, Level 1 and Level 2, Certified by Trauma Recovery EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program
Internal Family Systems (IFS), Advanced training in foundations and practice
Racial Equity Institute, analysis of racism in its institutional and structural forms
Building Bridges of Asheville, 9 weekly sessions to foster dialogue and analysis of impact of racism
Ongoing continuing education courses relevant to my field, related to ethics, methodology, evidence-based practices, and client care
ANTI-RACIST PRACTICE | LGBTQ+ AFFIRMING PRACTICE