About Me

Sarah Houy, M.A.

Licensed Professional Counselor

Certified EMDR Clinician

Registered Yoga Teacher

Board Certified in Neurofeedback

Sarah’s counseling practice is dedicated  to equipping clients to LIVE EMPOWERED LIVES.  Sarah’s creates an  environment of HOPE through her  compassionate, encouraging, knowledgeable and optimistic outlook.

Her goal is to collaborate with you to  empower you to create the life of HEALTH, WHOLENESS and FREEDOM you desire.  She works  with teenagers through late adulthood and offers individual, couple, group and  family counseling.  She specializes in  the following topics:

  • Trauma/PTSD/Developmental Trauma
  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Addictions (Food, Love, Drug, Alcohol)
  • Communication Skills

Techniques

To Sarah, collaboration is paramount.   There is no one in the world that knows you like you!  During the initial phases of treatment Sarah will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan suited to your goals and  desired outcomes.

Sarah utilizes a wide  variety of techniques and theoretical approaches that are combined to formulate  a personalized approach to your treatment.

 

Commitment to Excellence

Sarah believes in providing her clients and their families with the most effective, efficient, enjoyable treatment possible.  To that end, Sarah continually involves herself in attending training, providing presentations and facilitating learning in the areas of her expertise.  Click here to see Sarah’s current resume or read more below.

 

 

Education

M.A. In Clinical Mental Health Argosy University, Denver, Colorado – 2010

B.S. in Psychology University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado- 2005

Continuing Education

  • Neurofeedback Certification – current
  • Internal Family Systems Certification Training – current                                                                   
  • Trauma Center 25th Annual Trauma Conference – 2014                                                                          
  • Certified EMDR Clinician – 2014                                                                                                                    
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training – 2013 (Kripalu/Trauma Center at JRI)                                                                                      
  • The Neurobiology of Trauma and EMDR Processing – 2013 (EMDRIA Conference)                                                              
  • EMDR and Complex Trauma – 2013 ( EMDRIA Conference )              
  • Corepower Yoga : Power Yoga 8 week (200 hour) Training – 2012                                                       
  • P.R.E.P. – Divorce Prevention and Marriage Enhancement Program Trained Facilitator- 2011                        
  • Prepare and Enrich : Building Strong Marriages – Trained Facilitator  – 2011                                                                            
  • Love and Logic: Helping Parents and Teachers Raise Responsible Kids – Trained Facilitator – 2011                           
  • W.A.I.T Training: Relationship Education – Trained Facilitator – 2011                                                                                       
  • E.M.D.R. Basic Training (Level I and Level II) – 2011                                                                                                                             
  • Gottman Research Institute Relationship Methods – Level 1 Training – 2010                                                                        

 

RELATED EXPERIENCE

Inspiration to Live Well Counseling Services

Owner – 2011-current                                                                                                                                                   

Inspiration to Live Well Counseling Services is a private practice dedicated to the empowerment of teenagers and adults struggling with complications from traumatic early childhood situations or current traumatic events.

 

YOUnique Counseling

Co-Founder/Owner – 2012- 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                 We provide marketing and business management support to independent mental health counselors so that they can deliver the most exceptional support to their clients within a private practice setting.

 

University of Colorado at Boulder Seminar

Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology – 2011                                                                       

 

Cengage Professional Development Seminar

Transform Learning. Transform Lives: Strategies for the Classroom and Beyond- 2011

 

Turning Point Mental Health Services

Intern – 2010                                                                                                                                                    

Graduate internship working in group therapy with court-ordered clientele. Group therapy topics included relapse prevention, DUI track therapy, and domestic violence education groups. While there I utilized a mixture of therapeutic techniques including solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychoeducation.

 

Excelsior Youth Center, Aurora, CO

Intern – 2009 – 2010                                                                                                                                                  

Graduate internship working with individual, family and group therapy.

Excelsior is a female adolescent residential treatment facility who serves

clientele from a wide variety of backgrounds and situations. While there I utilized a mixture of therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.

 

Excelsior Youth Center, Aurora, CO

Researcher – 2008-2010                                                                                                                                           

Designed and implemented a research project aimed at determining the effectiveness of utilizing dogs as a therapeutic tool in a group setting specifically aimed at dealing with past trauma.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Argosy University Denver, CO

Adjunct Instructor – Undergraduate Psychology – 2011-2013                                                                          

Developed syllabus, integrated media rich innovative teaching strategies, high level of individual interaction with student population. Strong skills in utilizing blended learning.

 

Argosy University Denver, CO

Instructor- Faculty Success Workshop- Twitter In The Classroom – 2011                                             

Skilled in developing a media-rich teaching experience. Passionate about integrating new media into the classroom to enhance the learning experience of students. Developed custom curriculum for this class.

 

Red Rocks Community Church

Instructor – Pre-marital Education Course – 2011-2014                                                                                    

Developed custom curriculum, highly participant-driven teaching style. Focused curriculum around engaging group discussions.

 

Red Rocks Community Church

Instructor – Parenting Teens educational course – 2013-2014                                                                        

Developed customized curriculum aimed at blending the research methodology and techniques presented by the Love and Logic philosophy and the Gottman philosophy of effective parenting.

 

Metabolic Research Center

Instructor – Connections Curriculum – 2011-2013                                                                                            

Facilitated an 8 week curriculum aimed at discussing and implementing skills to assist Customers achieve weight loss goals while addressing underlying concerns regarding triggers, emotional eating and mindfulness.

 

 

PRESENTATIONS

Regis University

Neurobiology of Trauma – 2013                                                                                                                    

Designed and presented a 3 hour curriculum detailing the basics of the polyvagal theory and how this can be presented within a session.  Special attention was paid to the influence of yoga as an ancillary treatment for trauma and the use of EMDR as a treatment option.

 

2013 Colorado Counseling Association Annual Conference

A Successful Private Practice Requires Action – 2013                                                                               

Beyond nice business cards, websites, and brochures, new business owners are “called to action” if they are to be amongst the few that develop a successful and healthy private practice. This program explores marketing and business management practices in a language that makes sense to helping professionals.

 

Twitter in Education

Argosy University – 2011                                                                                                                                

Developed and performed a staff development training aimed at educating faculty regarding the many uses and applications of twitter for educational purposes.

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

American Counseling Association : 2010- present

Colorado Counseling Association : 2010- present

EMDRIA : 2013-present