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G Sara Ross, LCSW-C in Maryland and LISW in Ohio

Hello! I am a licensed clinical social worker and a Certified Advanced Enneagram Spectrum Teacher (type 5). As an empath myself, I find myself drawn to other highly sensitive people and empaths. If you too are an HSP/empath, or in a helping field like nursing, teaching, a doctor, or therapist, we may be a good fit to work together. Maybe you are struggling with intrusive or ruminating thoughts, feeling scattered, isolated, or having a hard time prioritizing YOU, or have forgotten about what really makes you happy. Empaths and HSP need their down time to recharge and I find most empaths to be quite creative but when life takes over those things take a back seat. We will work on setting boundaries, saying no, asking for help, turning down the volume to that pesky inner critic (and dare I say, maybe even come to appreciate that voice), getting reconnected with things that previously brought joy. We will find ways to be compassionate and kind to yourself - all the things that empaths find challenging to do.

If you are struggling with anxiety and/or OCD symptoms, we will use exposure response prevention and cognitive behavior therapy to better understand your intrusive and ruminating thoughts and get the checking and compulsive behaviors more manageable. Whether you are losing minutes or hours to your compulsions or obsesssions, there is hope! Exposure work can be scary and challenging but I have seen it work wonders for myself and fellow anxiety and OCD sufferers.

Being a mixed race person who has at times struggled to know where I fit it, I enjoy working with others who are mixed race and/or have struggled with their racial identity. This also translates to working with anyone who identifies or feels like they have been disconnected from a sense of community, wondering where they fit in, not feeling like they are enough. 

I have a diverse background and because of that, enjoy working with a few different groups of people. I started my work with children and adolescents in residential, inpatient hospital, and school based settings before transitioning to working more with adults. I enjoy working with adolescents as well as adults who are suffering from anxiety or depression, showing some HSP/empath traits. I work with clients twelve years old through adulthood. My clinical background is in CBT, ERP Mindfulness, Tapping (EFT and TFT), Self Compassion, and the Enneagram.

 

Asking for help can be hard and takes courage and vulnerability. I believe the therapeutic relationship should come from a place of curiosity, empathy, and a little humor thrown in. I hope to provide a space where you can give voice to the inner dialogue while also building on the resources and skills you already have to be able to sit with and/or challenge that voice.

 

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