January 2019 – Counselor of the Month – Sarah Pickeral – MA, MSW, LCSW-C

Sarah Pickeral – MA, MSW, LCSW-C

“Sarah is a new counselor with us and has quickly shown what a valuable addition she is to the team. She serves a wide variety of clients and has a warmth that easily helps them feel at ease in counseling. Sarah has been so positive as she learns new processes with our organization; she will be an asset to clients who are facing changes in their own lives.” – Kim Cook, MSW, MA, LCSW-C, CEO

Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who enjoys working with adults (individuals and couples) focusing on issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, relationship struggles, codependency, grief and loss, and life transitions.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and the University of Maryland School of Social Work, she has 12 years of experience in hospice care and counseling.  Her office is in Arbutus, MD.

Tell us a little about yourself:

Social work has been of dream of mine for many years. Although my first career was in the corporate world, I later sold my house in Northern Virginia and returned to Baltimore to complete an MSW degree at the University of Maryland. Since then, I have worked as a hospice social worker for 10 years and served in private practice for 7 years.

How do you like to spend your free time?

In my personal time, I enjoy serving in church, gardening, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

My home.

What’s the last book you read?

Rewire Your Anxious Brain by Pittman and Karle. Great for helping anxious clients!

What’s your favorite movie?

Too many to pick just one!

Who inspires you?

Mahatma Gandhi – this diminutive man in a loin cloth defeated the British Empire without raising his hand.

Use only three words to describe yourself:

Learner, listener, encourager

What inspired you to become a counselor?

Wanting to help people in a safe and supportive way.

What’s your favorite part of being a counselor?

Seeing clients progress and feel happy about their work.

What’s the hardest part about being a counselor?

Knowing how hard clients’ lives have been at times.

What was your proudest moment as a CPC Counselor?

Having the Arbutus church come with me to CPC.

Use only three words to describe CentrePointe Counseling:

Knowledgeable, kind, caring.

You can read more details about Sarah’s offices and professional background here!

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