With over 14 years working in the mental health field, Sarah Nealy has her second Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and works as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arlington, VA as well as an Adjunct Professor in Psychology at Marymount University. With a person-centered, emotion-focused approach aimed at finding solutions, healing trauma, building resilience, improving interpersonal relationships, connecting the mind and body, and working through triggers and past pain, Sarah wants her clients to feel heard, understood, and valued in the therapeutic space and in their lives. She favors a Gestalt, person-centered approach with solution-focused driven goals. Sarah focuses on identifying maladaptive behaviors and working towards changing the thought process behind them to create healthier behavioral patterns.
Sarah offers a wide array of experiences working with different mental health populations and issues. However, she currently specializes in self-esteem, recovery from sexual trauma and other trauma, body image concerns, religious trauma or “church hurt,” resilience building, depression/anxiety, mindfulness, interpersonal relationships, LGBTQIA+ issues, and women’s issues including perinatal anxiety, depression, and trauma. Sarah has prior experience working in eating disorder clinics, substance abuse rehabilitation programs, programs for clients with severe mental illness, and working with clients struggling with interpersonal relationships, depression, and anxiety.
Sarah is a happily married mother and partner, native to Arlington, VA and identifies as a queer person. She is also an active volunteer in her community and has written over 20+ bestselling fiction novels in romance, women’s fiction, and queer fiction. Sarah is licensed in the state of Virginia # 0701011731.
Pre-Marital Assessment & Counseling
Sarah Nealy is certified and trained in SYMBIS premarital and pre-engagement assessment to provide couples of all faiths, races, and genders with a comprehensive view of their strengths and areas of continued growth going forward. The goal of the SYMBIS assessment is to “save your marriage before it starts” by asking the tough questions, but it is not limited to only couples seeking marriage and can be utilized in any long-term romantic commitment. This assessment can be most effective in couples considering engagement or not, as well as couples already engaged to be married. It can also be used with already married couples who are struggling with relationship dynamics and want to understand each other better.
In one or two 90-minute sessions, Sarah Nealy will help couples review their results and provide them with the tools they need to make an informed decision about lifelong commitment and growth with a partner. Couples can decide to continue longer term couples counseling afterwards or not, or seek referrals for other sources of assistance.
Group Counseling & Psychoeducation
Sarah Nealy offers two types of group counseling: process groups and psychoeducational groups. If either of the groups below appeal to you, please email Sarah at email@example.com about joining the waiting lists.
“I Am Normal”: A Female Sexual Wellbeing Psychoeducational Group
This time-limited 8-week long sexual wellbeing and acceptance psychoeducational and therapy group for women and those who were assigned female at birth is run three to four times a year both in person and virtually utilizing the Come As You Are Workbook by Dr. Emily Nagoski. Topics explore understanding your sexual drive, stigma around sexual drive, how trauma and childhood messages impact sexual drive, learning to self-adovcate for needs and wants, and more. Cost is $100/session out-of-network. Email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the waiting list for the next session today.
20’s-30’s Women’s Process Group
This is a weekly process group for those identifying as female held in person at 1501 Langston Blvd, 3rd Floor every Friday from 4:00p – 5:15p EST. This group is capped at 8 participants and focuses on self-compassion, trauma, self-esteem, relationships, interpersonal skills building, self-advocacy, identity formation, and more. Cost is $125/session. Joining this group requires 2-3 individual session interviews with Sarah Nealy to ensure that client will be a good fit for the current group dynamic, and interviews are not guaranteed entry. Email Sarah at email@example.com to start the interview process today.
20s-30s Single Men’s Process Group
This is a weekly process group for those identifying as male in their 20’s and 30’s who are currently single or dating and is held in person at 1501 Langston Blvd, 3rd Floor on Thursday mornings from 8am – 9:15am in conjunction with clinician Callie Matos, MA. This group is capped at 8 participants and focuses on interpersonal skills building, self-compassion, self-esteem, understanding online dating, conflict avoidance, self-advocacy/self-esteem, confidence, communication, and more. Cost is $125/session. Joining this group requires 2-3 individual session interviews with Sarah Nealy to ensure that client will be a good fit for the group dynamic, and interviews are not guaranteed entry. Email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org to start the interview process today.
- LGBTQIA+ Issues
- Premarital Assessment
- Dating Dynamics & Stress
- Sexual Trauma Recovery
- Depressive & Anxiety Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Couples Counseling
- Kink, Poly, & Sex Worker Allied
- Transgender Issues & Gender Identity Questioning
- Maternal & Postpartum Support
- Body Image and Self Esteem
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Life Transitions & Stress