Hi there,

Lakewood, CO. - May 7 2018: Sarah Claus

Welcome to my psychotherapy practice, Sarah Claus, PLLC.

I believe I have the best job in the world.  Each day, I create space where people can listen to their own inner wisdom and where people learn skills to align their lives with themselves.  As a result, my clients report moving through their days as healthier, more balanced adults who are more true to who they are.

Before becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regis University.  I have specialized training in addictions, Relational Life Therapy for relationships, trauma, and motivational interviewing.

I’m not a Colorado native, yet I’m proud to have called Colorado my home for almost two decades.  I now live with my partner and my child in a home that keeps teasing us with endless house projects.  Environmentalism and sustainability are large parts of our family, as well as building community.

As a person with New Mexican and European heritage, I find myself regularly supporting clients who are looking at their own mixed identities and oftentimes white-presenting identities.  And as someone who was raised in the social justice arm of the Catholic Church and who now identifies as Unitarian Universalist, I have great warmth and compassion for those deepening or processing their faith lives, whatever those might or might not look like, and/or working through spiritual crises or disconnect.

Additionally, my heart and mind are strongly aligned in allyship to those in the LGBTQ+ communities.  Aside from my own personal journey in supporting close loved ones, I also serve on the board of JUST Living Recovery, a Lakewood nonprofit that offers sober living space that is designed to be supportive and inclusive for all genders and for all in the LGBTQ+ communities.

I have really cherished my education and personal journey of supporting those in bodies of all sizes and who are looking at body kindness, health at every size (HAES), and incorporating Intuitive Eating (IE).  I find that this work of connecting people with their bodies in a loving, nourishing way is impactful for most–if not all–of my clients.

I never cease my training and professional development, and I surround myself with mentors and colleagues who offer decades of experience.  This means my clients will be well-served by the latest research as well by the kind of insight and knowledge that has been honed with such dedication over the years. I work from an existential and Gestalt standpoint, and I incorporate evidence-based strategies found in CBT when appropriate for a client’s goals.

I ground myself in big questions: Why are we here?  How do we get right with who we believe we can be?  How do we take care of the needs that weren’t met when we were kids?  How does connection happen, and why do we crave it or struggle with it so much?

If you think I may be a possible match as you seek a therapist, I invite you to a free 15-minute phone consultation to learn more about my practice and so that we can make sure I’m a good fit for what you’re seeking.  Please use the Reach Out page to message me with any questions you may have or to schedule the phone consultation.

Sarah
Sarah Claus, MA, LPC, EMDR
she/her/hers
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Trainings

In private practice of all places, it is especially key that I continuously engage with ongoing trainings and outside perspectives to challenge and deepen my work.  This allows me to bring strong ethics and professional caliber into the therapy room with my clients.

–Ongoing Training, Terry Real (founder of Relational Life Therapy), 2019- present; online.

–Ongoing Advanced Training in EMDR for Couples, Elizabeth Legg, 2018-2019; Denver, CO.

Intuitive Eating Pro Skills Training, Evelyn Tribole, Spring 2021; online.

Relational Life Therapy, Level 3, Terry Real, March 2020; online due to COVID-19.

The Basic 6-Part System: A new perspective in working with Complex Trauma for improved EMDR processing, Julie Dubovoy, LCSW, September, 2019; Boulder, CO.

Relational Life Therapy, Level 2, Terry Real, September 2018; Newton, MA.

EMDR Training (Level 1 and Level 2), Elizabeth Legg, 2018-2019; Denver, CO.

RLT Experiential Sessions, Terry Real, 2017; Westminster, CO.

Addictions Coursework for CAC I and CAC II, Arapahoe House, 2016-2017; Denver, CO.

  • Including Motivational Interviewing I and II, Pharmacology, CBT, trauma-informed care.

“What to do about Porn Addiction?”, Clint Gray with Cedar Springs Hospital, June 2016; Colorado Springs, CO.

Consultation

I currently seek ongoing consultation with a range of seasoned colleagues: Sarabeth Bjorndahl, LPC and Dee Marcotte, LPC.  I am also a member of a small consultation group that includes a few therapists from the Denver-Wheat Ridge-Golden area.

Education

Master of Arts, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Regis University, 2016; Denver, CO.