UB’s Sarah Farris works from the Chicago downtown counseling office. Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings. Sarah spent six years in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio conducting research focusing on impulsive behaviors and severe mental illness with Adolescent psychiatric inpatients and their families. Sarah has worked with teens, families, University students, young adults and geriatric patients.
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What made you become a therapist?
As a teen and young adult, I first recognized my interest in understanding human behavior and how people develop patterns of being, interacting and communicating. Through college, graduate school and post-graduate employment, I focused on psychiatric research. While conducting a longitudinal study with high risk teen populations, I became more compelled to get involved in clinical work and be part of treatment.
What are your specialties?
Relationship issues, effective communication strategies, self-identity, and work/life balance.
Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?
I’ve always worked in mental health, but before becoming a therapist, I worked in psychiatric research.
Why do you believe that counseling can help?
I believe counseling can help because it provides an unbiased, non-judgmental environment in which clients can explore, discover and set personal goals. It can provide balance, insight and support to clients in making appropriate changes in their lives.
Why is it important to seek counseling?
It is important to seek counseling when mental, emotional and interpersonal concerns are affecting regular functioning. Professional support not only provides a safe place to be heard, but also provides effective coping techniques, and helpful strategies to implement in seeking solutions. Counseling gives clients a partner to work through their concerns and help empower them to make change.
Favorite Self Care Activities:
Regular exercise in the gym and outdoors with frequent variety, spending time with people who are important to me. I try to make time for relaxing alone time to unwind, and consistent sleep!