Sarah Shelton -- Licensed Professional Counselor
We all want to be seen, heard, and truly understood. We all seek to be cared for by those that we can trust. This is what the essence of counseling is to me: to see you, hear you, understand you and care for you as we walk life’s journey together.
As a broken person in this world myself, I can relate to many of life’s struggles and the emotions, thoughts and behaviors that accompany them. Grief, depression and anxiety can set in when you least expect it and leave you wondering how to manage life. It is during these dark times that we need the strength and support of others to encourage us and help carry our burdens.
I am an excellent listener, and I can be there to help you sort out the more complicated parts of life. Together, we will build a trusting and safe space where you can express yourself and be accepted for who you are and how you feel at the moment. We can also work together to help you learn newer, healthier ways of coping with life’s twists and turns.
I practice from a holistic view and use a range of therapies, including talk therapy, expressive arts, and play therapy to better understand and relate to individuals from ages four to ninety-nine. My specialty is Child Centered Play Therapy and Trauma Informed Play Therapy.
Charles Schaefer says, “We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.” I can work with parents and children to learn and support their unique and individual needs through play. Play is a child’s nature language and toys are the words they use to communicate. Through play, children can better learn to understand their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and experiences and better learn to love themselves. In the process of understanding self, children can be in a better place to connect with others and have more joyful, healthier relationships.
Play therapy supports parents as well. I can provide you with insights into themes I am discovering through your child’s play and provide encouragement through the difficulties of parenting. I can also provide education that may support you and your child in having a better quality of life and support you in navigating the education system as needed.
I come to this place of support with a great deal of experience. I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s of science in Education and taught for fourteen years in the public education system. I earned my Master’s of Science in Counseling and Development from Texas Women’s University and served as an elementary school counselor for six years. I am trained in Biblical Counseling and Expressive Arts therapies. I am a registered play therapist and a Certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional. I am also trained in Mindfulness and Group work.
I’ve had the joy of teaming with my husband of twenty-two years to raise two young men. I recognize that this is no easy feat and the struggle is real. There have been ups and downs and we have had to learn a great deal in order to support each other. We enjoy spending family time together by playing games, watching movies, cooking and playing with our cats. I enjoy leisure time alone by reading and practicing yoga.
Through it all, I continue to learn important truths. We are made to be in relationship and support one another. We all have a purpose and a role that no one else can fill. We are all valuable, worthy and precious in His sight.
Some people see the need for counseling as a sign of weakness, giving in and telling the world you can’t do it on your own. But God never intended for use to do life alone. It takes a strong person to accept help from others. I have witnessed true healing from counseling, both as the person being counseled and the person giving counsel. If you’ve been thinking about counseling for you or your child, I encourage you to embrace the support that can come with this unique and safe relationship.