About Sarah McLeod

Sarah McLeod is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern. She earned a Master’s in Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and graduated with honors from Stetson University in 2018. In 2017, Sarah retired after teaching public high school English for 30 years and holds an active Florida teaching certificate. In 1996, she earned a Master’s in Liberal Studies from Rollins College. She holds a B.A. in English from Stetson University.

Sarah completed her Practicum and Internships at The Good Samaritan Clinic in DeLand and Halifax Health-Hospice in Volusia County, respectively. Her counseling research focus and life experience center around grief support and mourning work; caregiver support; LGBTQ support; and teacher support. Sarah works with individuals and groups and facilitates scriptotherapy and bibliotherapy for interested clients. She works on a “fee for service” basis and does not accept insurance. She is an active member of American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counseling Association, Association for Death Education and Counseling, The Southern Poverty Law Center, and The Human Rights Campaign.

Treatment Philosophy

Some people are facing increased pressures that are practically unavoidable. Though most people do the best they can on any given day, when extra stressors add up, people can become weighted down. These extra stressors can affect thoughts, feelings, behaviors, relationships, and personal health. Sarah incorporates a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities. Her personal and professional practices include Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Adlerian, and Existential techniques. Sarah helps her clients discover and practice strategies designed to lighten their stress loads and gain personal insight.

Grief changes people. Grieving over the loss of a family member, a friend, a pet, or some other significant loss involves the “inside feelings” people experience. Mourning work includes the outward expression of those feelings. That work can include talking about the loss, crying, attending support groups, counseling sessions, writing, ritualizing, and many other things. Sarah agrees with the internationally-known author, educator, and grief counselor Alan D. Wolfelt and his principles about bereavement support. Her life and work experiences help her to be especially empathetic to the fact that bereavement is a journey and not a destination.

Contact information:

Phone: (407) 739-6540

Email: sarahmcleod380@gmail.com

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