Sara received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Carson Newman University. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from Maryville College, Sara discovered the complexity of human behavior and how emotions and thoughts drive every move we make. Sara spent a year working in substance abuse counseling and soon after began working in a level three residential facility for teenagers in DSC custody before joining the team at Smoky Mountain Lodge. It was there that she found her love for residential treatment. Sara believes that in residential treatment, clients thrive on a different level that allows them to fully immerse themselves in a safe and therapeutic environment. Sara has found a passion for trauma-focused therapy by seeing clients overcome their traumatic experiences and thrive in ways that they did not see possible. Sara believes that through utilizing a client-centered approach, every client’s needs are unique, and that treatment should be tailored to those needs. She is simply a guide to the clients thought process. When she is not playing the role of therapist, she enjoys being outside with her dalmatia,, Bruce (named after the therapist that told her to become a therapist), watching an abundance of films, listening to Ed Sheeran, and planning her next trip to France.