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.

Guilt and Shame: Is it All the Same?

Understanding the difference between guilt and shame The two most confusing emotions I encounter in my sessions are guilt and shame.  I think that it is crucial to know the major differences between them because they're commonly used interchangeably. You have a better chance of overcoming these negative emotions once you understand the difference between [Read more...]

New Year, New Me

3 ways to set lasting goals Have you already started working on those New Year's resolutions? Or are you like me and already counting the number of times you’ve totally disregarded the ones you set? (Dr. Pepper is HARD to quit!) The beginning of a new year is typically a popular time to start fresh, [Read more...]

By |2019-01-03T16:45:27+00:00January 3rd, 2019|Adult Counseling, Coping Skills, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem|Comments Off on New Year, New Me

When It Rains, It Pours…

If you can relate to this title, you probably feel like you don’t have time to read through some thought out reasoning for why you should try this or that.  So, I am here to provide you a quick and easy list of things to implement when life just keeps throwing your curve balls. Keep [Read more...]

By |2018-12-20T10:50:59+00:00December 19th, 2018|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Depression, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Self-Esteem, Stress|Comments Off on When It Rains, It Pours…

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...]

By |2018-12-06T09:01:06+00:00December 6th, 2018|Anxiety, Coping Skills, Gratitude, Life Balance, Mental Health, Motivation, Self-care, Stress|Comments Off on Choose Hope

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...]

By |2018-11-20T15:13:16+00:00November 19th, 2018|Adult Counseling, Anxiety, Childrens Counseling, Communication, Family, Mental Health, Motivation, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Stress, Teen Counseling|Comments Off on Community of Trust

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 |2019-01-09T16:41:06+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