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SARA KUNKLE

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My Focus Areas

New Mothers, New Fathers, and Perinatal Mental Health (Depression, Anxiety, and/or OCD beginning during the pregnancy or postpartum period):  Having a baby is a huge transition that can completely flip your world upside down.  Sometimes this transition can be harder than expected and hormones can make you feel crazy or out of control.  You also have this new tiny human, depending on you for EVERYTHING.  I am very passionate about helping new mothers learn to cope with this transition, mom guilt, and the negative symptoms that may occur during this time, as well as helping them to explore their changing identity.  Approximately 1 in 5 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers will experience a perinatal mood disorder.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of; you are not flawed, broken, or to blame.  You can recover from this experience and find joy in your family. 

Relationships and Connection:  As humans we have a basic need for connection, and we seek to find it in many ways, some of these ways are healthy, and some not so much.  Forming and maintaining a healthy therapeutic relationship can be a safe way to practice identifying and developing healthy connections with yourself, friends, family, partners, children, or others. 

My Ideal Client: My ideal client is someone who is motivated for exploration and change, is present both physically and emotionally, and enjoys a balance of support and compassion with humor and sarcasm.  I enjoy working with clients who are open to trying new experiences, learning about themselves, and are willing to lean into their discomfort.  

Approach

I tend toward a highly supportive and validating, person-centered approach.  We are all human, and we all make mistakes and have baggage to deal with.  I believe that in order to grow into the best versions of ourselves, we need to surround ourselves with non-judgmental, compassionate people who are also willing to challenge us in a supportive way - this is a role I can fill.  I am client-led, meaning that you have the power to choose what you need, be that a space to express yourself, active exploration, or guidance.  I utilize a variety of experiences and techniques to help you reach your goals including building a unique relationship with you, expressive arts, play, talk therapy, mindfulness, psychoeducation, and more.

Sara Kunkle

She/her/hers

Independent Marriage & Family Therapist

Professional Clinical Counselor 

TRC Telehealth

Qualifications

I completed a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at The University of Akron in 2016 and have since become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist.  I have had the opportunity to serve others in community based mental health working with children, teens, and adults.  I specialize in helping new parents work through the emotions and difficulties that arise in pregnancy and the postpartum period, as well as those in the decision or planning phases of having children.  I have received extensive training in systems theories and additional training in perinatal mental health, sexual and relational health, trauma, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), the Gottman Method, expressive arts therapy, play therapy, and sandtray therapy.

Personal Information

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two kids, and two cats.  We like to hike local trails and have picnics, attend RubberDucks games, and we love going to the zoo.  I also have many creative passions including crochet, knitting, painting, sewing as well as an all around appreciation and enjoyment of craft projects. Some of my favorite days are the quiet ones where I get to snuggle up with a blanket and a good book.