About Me

Hi, I’m Sarah.

Owner & Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I’m so happy you’re here! You were maybe expecting education & credentials and I’ll get to that, but first…

A little about how I’ve found myself here…

I’m no stranger to stress & overwhelm. I used to worry that I wasn’t ENOUGH. More honestly, I used to believe with every part of me that I was falling short in nearly every aspect of my life. Ouch. I put up a pretty good front on the outside, but inside this chronic self-judgement was leaving me disconnected from my people and fully and completely stealing my JOY.

On any given day the list included, but was certainly not limited to:

  • I wasn’t a good enough mother
  • I wasn’t a good enough partner
  • I wasn’t good enough at my career 
  • I wasn’t a good enough daughter/friend/house cleaner/world citizen etc. etc. etc.

You name it, I likely felt it and this destructive cycle left me feeling as if I was always & forever falling short. The self-imposed pressures of feeling like I had to do, be or achieve more were an absolute beast. There was never enough time and I was exhausted and empty.

So, what changed?

Well for starters, I hit a breaking point. Do you know the one? Like I didn’t know what, where or how, but I had to do something. I took a good hard look at my life and realized that precious moments were slipping through my hands and I couldn’t get them back..

AND SO..

I got serious about making serious changes and learned some pretty amazing, cutting-edge techniques for dealing with my own stuff. What happened then was a journey to wholeness that I’m so thankful to be on..

With a little bit of grit and the right tools I’ve learned to appreciate the beauty of authenticity. I’ve learned that connection & community, not perfection, are in fact what bring me joy. I’ve learned that hype you hear about taking care of yourself so you can take care of all-the-things…Turns out it’s true. And funny enough, I’ve learned that my pursuit of perfection was the very thing keeping me from the purpose & connection that I’d been longing for all that time.

In sum, I’ve learned to be pretty okay with me. I don’t have it all figured out. I mess up every single day, but I’m still learning and now that’s ENOUGH for me.

Also, Acceptance and Integration Training™ is pretty rad and I’m not sure where I’d be without it today.

Am I still exhausted?

Umm, YES (oh hey, three children). But the kind of exhausted I feel in my body, not in my soul.

And one more thing…

Throughout this process of getting right with me, I’ve learned that there are lots of other women out there feeling all these feels too. And having a career where I get to spend my days with them, wrestling with the hard & celebrating the victories — well it’s beautiful and inspiring and sets my soul on fire.

Life is tough and messy and sometimes well, it’s the absolute worst. But PEACE can indeed be found in the most unlikely of places. JOY can be tenderly & intentionally cultivated, despite chaos and pain and really, REALLY hard times.

It’s true. I promise. And it’s not too late. There’s no such thing too far gone.

You are ENOUGH and you are worth the time & effort it takes to get you where you want to be.

And anyway, PERFECT in kind of boring, right?

EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Tennessee (License #6022) with over ten years experience providing therapy services. I am a Certified Acceptance and Integration Training™ Practitioner, having completed a clinical fellowship under the direction of AAIT Founder, Melanie McGhee, LCSW. I hold a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Virginia Tech.

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540.290.0287

117 Huxley Rd., Knoxville, TN 37922

smcnamaraLCSW@gmail.com

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