Portland OR &Vancouver WA
Integrating psychotherapy, medication management, body work & mindfulness for an encompassing and empowering approach to healing.
Sarah Dobey, LPC, Clinical Director
My passion as a therapist came at an early age. With a parent in the field of special education, I grew up with an empathetic lens, embracing diversity. I decided to pursue my path as a therapist, with my drive to help others and desire to put forth positive change in the world.
I obtained my undergraduate degree at Buffalo State College, studying art therapy and American Sign Language. During this time I worked extensively with families and children, many with special needs. Following my studies at Buffalo State College, I decided to move out west to pursue a degree in art therapy and mental health counseling. I completed my master’s degree at Marylhurst University and fell in love with Portland. During my time in Oregon I had numerous clinical experiences, working with individuals across the lifespan. This has involved working at a rehab facility with adolescents, providing art therapy to children at a day treatment center, leading art therapy groups with individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness, and working with the elderly at a continuing care facility. Again, the theme of diversity reemerged with my desire to work with very different groups of people. Prior to starting at the Integrative Trauma Treatment Center, I worked at an acute care psychiatric hospital as the Woman’s Program Coordinator. This role involved building a curriculum, with a trauma informed lens to provide treatment to women experiencing mental health, and/or substance abuse issues.
As a therapist I use an eclectic approach to fit the needs of clients, recognizing the individualism that comes with everyone. However, I always come from a strengths based perspective. Recognizing what is great about people is something that is very meaningful and important to me. I also often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing techniques. On occasion I may also use art therapy to help facilitate communication and expression. I find art therapy to be particularly helpful in my work with children and have an extensive background of over 10 years working with children and families.
- Children and teens
My Training & Approaches
- Art Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing