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Counselor / Therapist

Sara Garl, LCPC

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Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Portrait Health Centers are multi-specialty clinics that employ the most cutting-edge and proven assessment protocols and treatment options available, believing that an Effective Treatment Depends On An Accurate Diagnosis. Individuals should not have to “play doctor” by researching available treatments and then self-selecting which of these treatments has been scientifically validated and would be most appropriate for themselves or their family. At Portrait Health Centers, we provide a comprehensive and multi-specialty assessment to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms and incorporate an appropriate treatment plan.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Educational Therapy  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Addiction  EMDR Therapy  Pet Therapy
 Adolescents  Family Conflict  Play Therapy
 Adoption  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Anger Management  Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Premarital Counseling
 Anxiety and Panic  Gifted / Talented Issues  Problem Gambling
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Grief and Loss  Psychoanalysis
 Asperger's Syndrome  Group Therapy  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Herpes and STD Counseling  Psychopharmacology
 Bicultural Difficulties  Hypnotherapy  Relationship Issues
 Body Image Issues  Learning Disabilities  Religious Counseling
 Caregiver Issues  Life and Wellness Coaching  Self Esteem Issues
 Children's Counseling  Life Transitions  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Chronic Illness  Loneliness  Sexual Dysfunction
 Couples Therapy  Marriage & Family Therapy  Stress Management
 Depression  Marriage Counseling  Trauma and PTSD
 Divorce  Men's Issues  Women's Issues
 Domestic Violence  Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing  Work and Career Issues
 Eating Disorders  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Certifications
 Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)
Bio
Specialties: Included, but not limited to: Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Life Transitions, Family Conflict, Adjustment Disorders, Chronic Pain, Aging Issues, Coping Skills, Depression, Divorce, Grief, Suicide, Marital and Premarital, Adoption, Infertility, Obsessive-Compulsive, Eating Disorders, Obesity, Anger Management, Bipolar Disorder, Career Counseling, Adolescent Issues, Asperger’s, Academic Underachievement, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Parenting, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Harming, Suicidal Ideation, Teen Violence, PTSD, Pet Loss and Grief and Women's Issues

Therapy is a creative process built on a strong partnership. I believe the best outcomes start with honoring your own experiences, inherent wisdom and strengths. I believe that forging a path toward healing is best accomplished through compassionate understanding and acceptance of the past. My job is not to judge. It is to listen, support and guide you in understanding the areas in your life that may need attention. Together, we will identify goals and create a thoughtful, wise life plan in which healthy, effective change is possible.

As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Rockford, I work with a number of evidence- based treatments to help clients. My therapeutic framework is grounded in the area of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, in particular Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Additionally, I have a Master’s in Teaching and have spent many years as an educator and counselor in the public school setting working with at-risk students.

I strive to live in the present moment and utilize mindfulness meditation as a cornerstone of my own self-care practices. My interests include spending time in nature and with animals, reading, and achieving new personal goals. I own a registered therapy dog and believe in the power of animals to heal and comfort. The practice of therapy is endlessly fascinating, and I am passionate about keeping abreast of new ideas and practices in the counseling profession.
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, type of insurance, credit cards
Hours:8am-8pm
License:180009842