Sarah DeBoer, MAMFT, LPC
I grew up in Delaware and moved to Virginia at age 18. My journey to becoming a counselor began at James Madison University while I was working with and hearing the struggles of youth in the church I was attending. My wish was to not only hear about these struggles but to help do something about them – to speak truth into their wounds and give them the skills to bring about desired growth in their lives. I decided to attend Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi in 2004. It was there that I earned a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling and gained a comprehensive understanding of Family Systems Theory. Basically, this means we all grew up in some kind of family where we learned ways of living in the world and relating to others; some ways good, some ways not so good.
I decided to return to and settle in “the valley” in 2007. The beauty of the mountains captured me while I was a JMU student and lingered in my heart while I was away. I was so excited not only to come back with my degree, but also with my husband, James! We’ve been married 12 years and are raising our boy/girl twins, Isaac and Harper.
I’m experienced in and enjoy working with adolescents, college students, couples, families, and individuals tackling a range of issues. These include anxiety, depression, grief/loss, co-dependency, sexual abuse, stage of life issues, identity issues, family of origin issues, behavioral problems, shame, parenting skills, and couples’ communication. I’ve led premarital classes on the topic of communication and participated in a parenting conference leading a workshop on creating an emotionally safe home. I am a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and certified in the premarital assessment SYMBIS and Prepare/Enrich.