About Sarah Howard

Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Intern, Supervised by Huston McComb, MA, LPC-S. Sarah enjoys working with young adults, adults and couples.

Choose Hope

Hope is essential to the therapeutic process One of the questions I always ask in my first few sessions is, “What are you hoping for?”  The answer to this question tells me a lot about where a person is and where we need to start working. Without hope, it is hard to move forward. What [Read more...]

Community of Trust

How to create safety and independence for our children in the world today I recently listened to a podcast called Sorta Awesome. A licensed clinical social worker Leann Gardner (http://www.leanngardner.com) was interviewed in episode 99 on talking about sex with kids. She discussed a lot of interesting things. One topic was the importance of cultivating [Read more...]

Be Calm! Combating Negative Self-Talk

How do you self-talk? Are you nice? Or do you find that you criticize yourself harshly for the smallest mistakes? So often, we find ourselves in a pattern of negative thinking. Thoughts quickly escalate from “Dang it, I messed that up” to “you’re a failure…it’s all your fault…”.  As we begin to continually send these [Read more...]

By |2018-10-19T12:21:52+00:00October 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anger, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on Be Calm! Combating Negative Self-Talk

No means No

5 things to consider when it comes to teaching “consent” to your children I don’t think there is any good way to talk about this, so let’s just dive right in. I’m talking about consent!  As a parent, about a million different questions have entered into my mind about how to talk about this, among [Read more...]

By |2018-10-05T14:26:19+00:00October 5th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting|Comments Off on No means No

Dear Tired Momma…

Don’t forget to take care of yourself! 6 SIMPLE self-care ideas for a busy (tired) momma 100% transparency here: Summer was THE WORST! Balancing work, being at home with my little one longer than normal, and balancing the chaotic summer schedule was just A LOT.  So, of course, enter the super NOT helpful negative self-talk. [Read more...]

By |2018-10-02T13:09:29+00:00September 21st, 2018|Adult Counseling, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Dear Tired Momma…

What Causes a Panic Attack?

“I’m freaking out!” Panic attacks are scary because they typically occur suddenly and without cause.  This creates more fear, which just perpetuates the attack. One of the things that makes them even scarier is the physical symptoms we can often experience, such as, accelerated heart rate, sweating, trembling, and shortness of breath. So what is [Read more...]

By |2018-07-19T07:45:51+00:00July 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Illness, Self-care, Stress, Trauma|Comments Off on What Causes a Panic Attack?

When Trauma Decides to Stay

Understanding 3 common symptoms of PTSD We often associate PTSD with war and soldiers in today’s society. However, anyone who has experience trauma in their life can have PTSD. What is PTSD? Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through, or witnesses, a traumatic event. A traumatic event is defined as a deeply [Read more...]

By |2018-09-21T12:19:29+00:00June 21st, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Coping Skills, Grief, Mental Illness, Stress, Suicide, Trauma|Comments Off on When Trauma Decides to Stay

Surviving Summer as a Stay-at-Home Mom

A summer self-care guide It’s finally here! The time of the year your kids have been talking about and looking forward to all year long!  SUMMER TIME!! As all the students and teachers rejoice, the stay-at-home mommas mourn a little for the loss of their sacred time. Instead, they prepare to “go to battle” in [Read more...]

By |2018-09-30T18:14:47+00:00June 14th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Boundaries, Family, Gratitude, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Women's Issues|Comments Off on Surviving Summer as a Stay-at-Home Mom

Talking to Your Children About Suicide – Why it’s Important

PSA:  It is PAST time to be having conversations about suicide with our children!  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, we are seeing higher levels of children (ages 5-17) visiting children’s hospitals for suicidal thoughts or attempts. Do I have your attention yet? Contrary to popular belief, talking about teen suicide will not push [Read more...]

By |2018-09-19T10:44:29+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Childrens Counseling, Communication, Empathy, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Parenting, Self Harm, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Social Media, Stress, Suicide|Comments Off on Talking to Your Children About Suicide – Why it’s Important

More Love: Parents and Poop

What’s really happening in the brains of new parents? When my husband and I found out we were pregnant, we were showered with encouragement.  The “Congratulations!” were mixed with comments like “Your life is over”, or “Everything will change” (in some creepy horror movie narrators voice) leaving me feeling a little apprehensive about the baby [Read more...]

By |2018-02-14T15:35:45+00:00February 14th, 2018|Couples Counseling, Family, Marriage Counseling, Parenting, Relationships|Comments Off on More Love: Parents and Poop