SARAH G. PETERSON, MA, AMFT, APCC
I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#132080), Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (#11424), and a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the graduate program at Pepperdine University. I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Brigham Young University and my Master's in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.
I provide comprehensive individual, couple, and family counseling for adolescents and adults through a narrative, existential, and strengths-based approach. My relationally based style is authentic, compassionate, and non-judgmental. I work in response to a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, family conflicts, spiritual issues, and relational health. When exploring an individual’s past relationships and familial background, one can begin to recognize patterns to discover what has or has not worked for them in their personal and professional lives. When looking at the broader context, I can help clients specify problematic issues as well as identify strengths and vulnerabilities. Through fostering clients' resiliency, I can help people discover their skills, competencies, passions, and values to transform their lives into preferred ways of being. By finding meaning and understanding of one’s unique experiences, I believe empowerment and healing can occur.
I am passionate about helping individuals become more fulfilled in their personal and professional lives by assisting them in attaining their goals. I love my work, both as an educator who trains future therapists and collaborating with my clients with their desires to change. Before becoming a therapist, I spent years teaching, educating, mentoring, and serving in various school and church youth programs. Volunteer work fueled my passion for supporting and loving others. I also have an extensive background in business and leadership. Creating a sense of community and helping others has brought me immense joy throughout my life. I am passionate about advocating for individuals and families and find my greatest contentment as a wife, mother, and grandmother.
I currently practice at Laguna Beach Counseling: 333 Third Street, Laguna Beach, California, 92651 in Suite #6. I can be reached at (949) 395-6122 or email me at [email protected]. I am currently working under the supervision of Kay Wenger, MA, LMFT, LPCC (#38183).
I would love to hear from you!