Sarah Temel, M.S.Ed, LAC
Sarah is a New Jersey Licensed Associate Counselor providing counseling for girls, teens, and adults at Mindful Soul Center for Wellbeing. She obtained her Master’s degree in School and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently under supervision working towards her license in professional counseling. Sarah has completed intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a therapeutic modality that focuses on finding that elusive middle path; the magical place where we can both accept ‘what is’ while working towards change.
In her work with clients, Sarah also draws on strategies from the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy, and has completed EMDR Basic Training. She believes in both creating a strong foundation in the present and guiding her clients towards healing more deeply rooted patterns of struggle.
Sarah provides counseling in areas such as social anxiety, depression, self-harm, complex trauma and those who seek deeper meaning in their lives. She has a particular passion in providing counseling to tween and teen girls, young adult women and college students, as well as Empaths, Healers and other Helping Professionals, and Highly Sensitive People (HSP), of all ages.
When working with young people and their families, Sarah helps navigate the difficult emotions, behaviors, and communication pitfalls that often occur during these crucial stages of development. Sarah understands how challenging it can be to navigate the adolescent storms and sees it as part of her life’s work to help young people and their families steer their ships in healthy directions. Sarah also facilitates the Brilliant & Resilient, a DBT-Based Skills and Process Group for Teen Girls.
An empath herself, Sarah is naturally attuned to those around her and easily relates with other empaths, healers, helping professionals, and Highly Sensitive People. In her work with these clients, she often supports developing a deeper understanding of the client’s authentic self, and supporting their uniqueness. Many HSPs and empaths find themselves drained from the relationships in their lives and may struggle to find ways to better understand and support themselves. Sarah’s warmth creates a space that is open and secure so that these clients can recover, repair, re-energize, and heal from the relationships in their lives that have not served them.
“We are always in a perpetual state of being created and creating ourselves.”
-Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
An artist at heart and in practice, Sarah has experience in fine arts, therapeutic crafting, creative writing, as well as songwriting and performing. She believes strongly in the powerful role creative endeavors play in healing, processing our inner worlds, coping with difficult experiences, and developing enriching self-care practices. Sarah is a humanist at her foundation, meaning she believes that we are all here to find our own path to our highest potential. Through her own seeking and creative spirit, Sarah has found wonderful ways of connecting with clients, holding space for their self-exploration, growth, and personal development.
A native of South Jersey, Sarah resides in the area with her partner and their spirited daughter. Her self-care includes re-reading the Harry Potter Series, enjoying downtime, and writing songs and poetry.