Portland OR &Vancouver WA
Integrating psychotherapy, medication management, acupuncture, reiki & massage for an encompassing and empowering approach to healing.
Sarah Dobey, LPC, Clinical Director
Clinical Director, Therapist
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