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Sarah West-Effland is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Compulsive Gambling Counselor, and EMDR Certified Counselor. Sarah received her Master’s in Social Work from KU in 1999 and was Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in 2001.
Sarah has worked in many mental health settings including residential care, inpatient hospitalization, in home therapy and local mental health agencies. Sarah joined the private practice staff at Healing Grace in May, 2016. Sarah has extensive experience working with anxiety, depression, postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, caregiving stress, and life changes. Sarah specializes in treating trauma related disorders, especially PTSD, with her skills as an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist. This certification requires extensive training and supervision for a period of 2 years which Sarah has completed.
Sarah believes her main role as a therapist is to work with both the client and family members. Sarah works with the client to identify goals and then assists each person work to achieve those goals with compassion, understanding and gentle guidance.
Sarah has always known she wanted to work with people in the social services profession. When Sarah was a teenage babysitter to her neighbor she was encouraged and influenced by her to pursue this dream. The neighbor was Dr. Geri Burton, a long-time local Lee’s Summit Psychologist.
Sarah is married to her husband Greg since 1994. Together they have two daughters that keep her very busy. Sarah loves to be outdoors, travel, watch her kids’ activities, and hang out with friends in her spare time.
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