Losses, transitions, and changes in our lives can be extremely challenging.  If you have decided to take the courageous step to talk with someone, you likely want to make sure that the person will be a good fit for you.  


 While education, experience, and credentials, are important, therapy is about YOU!  I would like to start by sharing a little about the kind of client I tend to have the most success helping so that you can begin to determine if we will be a good fit.  After that, you can read more about my education and experience. 


Maybe you are looking at this site because you have identified that something in your life is preventing you from living the fulfilled and healthy life you want.  Losses, transitions, and changes in our lives can be extremely challenging. Those who have the most success in therapy with me are ready to be honest with themselves about how they feel, want to be more self aware, are interested in personal growth, are ready to give up old habits or beliefs that no longer serve them, and want their lives to reflect their values and beliefs.

I want to keep it real in sessions and I encourage clients to do the same.  I don’t want you to come in with a filter, so I strive for a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore the challenges in your life. YOU are the expert in what you need!  Therapy is a tool that can help you uncover the wisdom you possess, allow you to experience self-compassion, and learn new skills to live the life you want and deserve.  Clients who have the most success with me are willing to integrate who they were before with who they are and want to be now.


I believe that we can learn a lot about ourselves through both laughter and tears, and it is likely there will be both in sessions with me.  Clients who experience the most success with me are ready to try new things and do the work; even if it’s not easy.


So if you are still reading, now is when you probably want to see a bit more about my education and experience.


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Tennessee and North Carolina.

I earned my Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2009.  In 2002 I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from High Point University.

I am a Certified Grief Recovery Specialistthrough the Grief Recovery Institute.  More importantly, I have experienced and worked through several personal losses.


There is no "one size fits all" model for therapy.  I utilize several evidence-based theoretical and therapeutic approaches, depending on the issues we are working on.  Here are some of the more common approaches I use:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Solution-Focused Therapy

Grief Recovery Method


I am also a Veterinary Social Worker, which means that I attend to the human needs in the relationships we have with animals.  I worked for 10 years at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center as one of the clinical social workers. Some of the services I provided include grief support and crisis intervention to clients of the Small and Large Animal Hospitals and members of the community, help with treatment or end-of-life decision-making,  counseling to veterinary students, House Officers and staff, consultation with in-house and community veterinarians on difficult cases, and I oversaw the communication training for UTCVM’s veterinary medical students. I am excited to bring this support to my private practice!


If you think that I would be a good fit or want to ask more questions, please give me a call today to schedule your free 20-minute no obligation phone consultation.


Meet Sarina


Online Therapy

We often juggle multiple responsibilities and therefore it's easy to make excuses when it comes to doing one more thing.  I do not want therapy to feel like a chore or another obligation.  Offering online therapy makes it more accessible and convenient to get help.


If you relate to any of the following, online therapy may be a positive option for you:


Your work schedule makes it difficult

You are a caregiver and are unable to step away from that responsibility

You do not have transportation

You have a medical condition that makes it difficult to leave the house

You are traveling for work or personal reasons


Online therapy overcomes barriers of time, travel, crazy schedules, and at times even bad weather; allowing you to have a session from the comfort of your own home, office, or wherever you are without the worry of taking extra time.  Studies have shown that it works just as well as traditional in-office therapy. There are many benefits to online therapy, and I offer it when appropriate.


Online therapy also allows me to work with people who may not have access to the services I offer where they live. I’m able to work with anyone whose permanent address is in North Carolina or Tennessee, so even if you’re not local to the Raleigh area, we can work together.


I want the commitment you are making to yourself to be effortless!  Through a secure platform, I offer 24/7 online scheduling, an online client portal with secure messaging, and the ability to do online therapy.


So How Does It Work?


Whether you’re wanting to do a combination of online and in-office, or work with me exclusively online, you’ll start off by scheduling your free, no-obligation 20-minute phone consultation.


During your call, I’ll ask you some questions and allow you to ask me anything so that we can see if we’re a good fit for each other.  th agree to online therapy you will need internet connection


After your consultation, I’ll email you a link to your client portal where you will complete the intake paperwork prior to your first session. You’ll also receive a link to your virtual fully confidential, HIPPA compliant “video office,” and you’ll use this same link to attend every session.  All you have to do is accept the link I send you; have a camera on your computer, ipad, or phone; have a pair of headphones (for additional privacy) and you’re ready to go!


Let this be one less hassle for you,