Sarah Penston, MS, LPC, ATR, CCTP
Licensed Professional Counselor
Registered Art Therapist
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Virginia Board of Counseling #0701006213
Art Therapy Credentials Board, INC. #15-047
Collective Counseling Experience: 10+ years
Therapy Specialties: Art Therapy, Children and Adolescents, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Group Therapy
Historical Practice Includes: Outpatient Therapy, Residential Treatment, Inpatient Psychiatric and Chemical Dependency Services (Dual Diagnosis), Intensive In-Home Therapy, Therapeutic Day Treatment: Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, and the Military and Family Life Counselor Program for Active Duty Families.
I’m not your typical therapist. With me, you get a real person, free from judgement, that genuinely cares about your progress. I am a creative and passionate person both personally and professionally. I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Virginia as well as a registered art therapist (ATR). I believe in bringing a creative approach to all aspects of life. Art therapy allows me to bridge the gap for those that struggle with verbal expression by offering an alternate form of communication and self-expression to ensure a positive therapeutic experience.
My counseling style is warm and inviting. I work with you to help identify your goals and encourage you to make therapy your own. Each therapeutic journey is personalized and unique to your needs. Areas of experience include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, impulse control disorders, self-harm, parenting skills, and adjustments to new life circumstances.
I want to help you discover who you are and everything you can become. I want to help you create a life fueled by creativity and passion. Most of all, I want to help you find a side of life and yourself that you love.
I’m from Gloversville, NY and have come to call Virginia my home away from home. There’s just something about being from a small town with lifelong friends & family that will always make Gloversville my home in my heart. I appreciate conversations with depth and enjoy exploring alternative ideas about life, spirituality, and the universe. Music is the language of my soul. I love being able to evoke emotion, energy, and movement with a simple strum of the guitar. I know what it’s like to struggle with the monotony of day-to-day life, the struggle to find purpose, but I persevere. Music, art, and creativity are great coping skills. They open the doors to a cathartic release that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.
”Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love.” ~Bill Hicks