Sarah Pole LCSW - Celebrations and Support

After my parents died in my early twenties I spent a long time trying to make sense of life and why things happen the way they do.  This involved a lot of traveling, some really good therapy and meeting some amazing people who helped me.

All of those experiences led me to believe that, as Joseph Campbell says, what we are yearning for isn’t the meaning of life, it’s the full and felt experience of living.

There are many things that get in the way of vibrantly and fully experiencing life: Past history, unprocessed emotions, the lack of role models for successfully living life, and cultural baggage, to name a few.

My Journey

Within my own journey, things began to change when I began to notice and accept my emotions and what was occurring within me without being taken over by it.  Working through this gave me the space to actually live life again – which got a lot more fun after meeting my husband.  We had a wonderful wedding in New York and a short time later, we had our first child and moved to Spain to be close to family.

I’ve continued my celebrant and therapy work here, and I love celebrating love and marriage, and being available to listen and care when people are effected by profound grief, or dealing with times of pain and setbacks. Whatever your reason for reaching this website I look forward to meeting you and hope I can help in one of these areas.

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“What we are yearning for isn’t the meaning of life, it’s the full and felt experience of living”

Clinical qualifications

I studied clinical mental health at Columbia University School of Social Work in New York and received my LMSW from New York State in 2009.  Three years later I received my LCSW which allows me to work as a mental health practitioner in private practice (LCSW #082369).

While in New York I worked in outpatient mental health in Brooklyn and the Bronx for six years before transitioning to private practice.  It was during this time that I saw the footprints of trauma in many of the clients I worked with and became interested in how to address this. I trained in Attachment Focused EMDR with Laurell Parnell, founder of the Parnell Institute for Transforming Trauma and a leader in the field.  Additionally I trained in Somatic Experiencing with mindfulness expert Nancy Napier, and studied Internal Family Systems.  I have had many wonderful mentors in these modalities that have supported my work and continue to do so.

Laughter is holier than piety, freedom is sweeter than fame, and in the end it’s love and love alone that really matters. 

Tom Robbins