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Sarah Dobens, LCMHCS, ATR-BC

Sarah Dobens, LCMHCS, ATR-BC

Meet Sarah Dobens – an experienced mental health counselor who utilizes art therapy and EMDR to support helping professionals, adult survivors of childhood trauma, and awkward, artsy adolescents navigate life changes.

There are times in life where we find ourselves stuck in old patterns of thinking or acting that are no longer serving us. This can happen for many reasons. Sometimes it is a natural reaction to events or changes that are overwhelming our capacity to cope. Sometimes we may be unable to pinpoint why we are suddenly experiencing distress.

For whatever reason you are considering therapy, my role is to help guide you on your individual journey to balance acceptance of yourself as you are while also accepting that it may be time to change. I believe that everyone has the capacity to find healing from past wounds in order to find purpose, meaning, and satisfaction in their life. The foundation of our work starts with building a safe place to consider your options and goals. I aim to make what can sometimes be an intimidating process comfortable and natural in order to help you make sense of your past and present experiences and invite a vision of how you would like your future to be. I believe that you are the expert in what works for you and aim to support you in working through blocks that may be preventing you from accessing or trusting you inner wisdom. In addition to providing relaxed conversational talk therapy based, I have specialized training in the use of non-verbal modalities. I am a nationally board certified in art therapist, which can be used as a supplement to talk therapy or I can facilitate sessions that are comprised of visual art making. I specialize in the treatment of traumatic stress using narrative therapies and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR can be used to help the brain’s natural healing process after trauma as well as can effectively address a variety of other issues that you may need help with. If you would like to learn more about Art Therapy or EMDR I encourage you, I encourage you to check out the links below. I thrive in supporting folks navigating life changes, helping professionals experiencing or wanting to prevent burnout, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse or other complex traumas, and awkward artsy adolescents.


Sarah Dobens graduated with a degree in Special Education and minor in Studio Art from Goucher College in Towson, MD. She went on to earn her Masters in Expressive Therapy with a concentration in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Sarah has lived in North Carolina since 2007 and taught and practiced as a therapist in the community, schools, day treatment, and local rape crisis center. Sarah is a rostered TFCBT therapist and certified in EMDR and currently an EMDR consultant in training. In addition to practicing as a therapist, Sarah has taught at UNC-Pembroke’s counseling program as an adjunct professor and provides clinical supervision, training, and consultation to newly licensed therapists. She also continues to find healing in her own art making and sometimes may have paint stains on her clothes.

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