Sarah Hallwood joined Oliverian as a counselor from Massachusetts. Sarah earned her masters in Social Work at Boston College and is a certified therapeutic horseback riding instructor.
Sarah has expertise in working with clients that have mild to severe clinical psychological needs. Focus areas of her work include, but are not limited to, independent treatment of trauma, attachment disorders, mood dysregulation, co-occurring and dual diagnosis disorders, personality and addictive disorders, legally mandated clients, anger, grief and loss, pervasive sexual trauma, bullying, domestic violence, gender and sexuality, PTSD, and harm reduction, as well as family work.
Using a psychodynamic, human-in-environment perspective alongside evidence based treatment approaches Sarah aims to help clients reach their goals, elicit deeper thinking, foster the development of compassion and confidence, enhance relationships, and strive to find coping mechanisms that work for the individual.
Sarah has clinical experience with individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, couples therapy, clinical triage, IEP development and support, substance abuse counseling, and crisis intervention. Sarah works to encourage and challenge client’s patterns of thinking and behavior(s) while maintaining a positive and supportive environment though using evidence-based modalities such as Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, which she uses in combination with appropriate new age therapies such as Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and expressive therapies.
Outside of work Sarah can be found hiking, horseback riding, kayaking or spending time with friends, family, and her dog.
What do you love most about working at Oliverian?
“I was quickly drawn to Oliverian by its atmosphere of acceptance, determination and love. Oliverian staff excel at meeting the child where they are at, loving them, listening to them and at the same time, firmly encouraging them to reach their full potential. I wanted to work at a program that facilitates compassionate and self growth, I found that at Oliverian.”
What motivates you to work with young people?
“I enjoy working with teenagers as they are at an integral time of their lives. The transition from childhood to adulthood is the most important stage of development in that they are becoming more independent, starting to look at their future, develop relationships, explore the idea of college, and most significantly, discover who they are while feeling the need to belong to a society and fit in. Being a teenager is an exciting time of life but it is also deeply complex. I love working with youth to help guide them through the transition to adulthood, using past and present challenges to learn from and use as strengths.”