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Sarah Shore

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Soul Friend-

"According to Celtic spiritual tradition, the soul shines all around the body like a luminous cloud.  When you are very open—appreciative and trusting—with another person, your two souls flow together.  This deeply felt bond with another person means you have found an anam cara, or “soul friend.”  An 'anam cara' always beholds your light and beauty, and accepts you for who you truly are.  When you are blessed with an anam cara, the Irish believe, you have arrived at that most sacred place—home.”     

-John O'Donohue

 

Midwife for the Psyche-

"I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.”

 -Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Advocate-

"You have the need and the right to spend part of your life caring for your soul. It is not easy. You have to resist the demands of the work-oriented, often defensive, element in your psyche that measures life only in terms of output—how much you produce—not in terms of the quality of your life experiences. To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and in your own personal evolution.

-Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen

Guide-

 “As we move toward wholeness, we no longer live to please others; we do not even try to please ourselves.  We are who we are because that is who we are.  Our truth is rooted in the fact that we have faced our fears of aloneness and refused to listen to the voices of conformity that would smile pleasantly whilst laying us in eiderdown to suffocate."

-Marion Woodman

 

Professional Practicing Coach & Scholar

 

In an age of pseudo-authenticity where everyone has a story to tell that verifies their credibility, there's something to be said for doing the work, the study, the preparation that goes into one's chosen craft, vocation, art, profession.  I'm not a fly-by-night type of professional. I've been doing this work for almost two decades. I've seen a lot of excuses, half-lived lives, and blind spots in people's perceptions of themselves and their worlds. If you're at a place of deep questioning and you want to reach down into the depths of who you are, then you are in the right place. You will be welcomed whole-heartedly. I come from a place of deep reverence for the parts of your soul and psyche that you are sharing with me in the work that we are doing, and will do together.  

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If you want to start working deeply on the behaviors that are holding you back from really living the life you were meant to live, then come sit with me. If you want to begin integrating new insights and bringing more of who you are to light, then come sit with me. Have a cup of tea. And let's talk. About your dreams and all that's possible for you. We'll examine your behavior, your dreams, your writing, your art, and the archetypes, images, myths, symbols, and synchronicities that surround you...so that you move further on your journey of individuation--and actualize your true potential.

 

Bona Fides-

Education:


Bachelor’s Degree:  Psychology, Albright College—1997
Master’s Degree:  Psychology, Villanova University—1999

 

Certifications & Training:

Dreams as a Path to Personal Authority – 2018

Healing Attachment Wounds - 2018

Neuroscience for Psychotherapists - 2017

Harnessing the Power of Genograms in Psychotherapy – 2017

Dialectical Behavior Therapy –2016

Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life –2015

Healing Trauma with Peter Levine – 2014

The Language of Archetypes – 2013

How to be an Elder: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype – 2012

Nonviolent Communication – 2011          

Crucial Conversations – 2009

Facilitation Dynamics – 2006

Continuous Quality Improvement – 2003

 

Publications & Research Interests:

Improving Motivation for Change—2005 Programs in Counseling
Developing Resiliency in Children—2002 Children’s Aid Society
Concentration Ability & Efficacy of Distraction—1999 Eastern Psychological Association
Processing Qualitative Data—1997 Sweet Briar Conference of Women in the Sciences
Self-Disclosure as a Function of Gender—1997 Eastern Psychological Association

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Biography-

"Every mother contains her daughter in herself and every daughter her mother-every woman extends backward into her mother and forward into her daughter." 

-CG Jung

I've always felt called to help the underdog, the vulnerable, and the unfortunate. I've always felt the call of justice and had a strong sense of righteousness.  I've always rebelled against authority and fought against being held back, tied down, or limited in any way.  I am intense, passionate about things I believe in, and I am often railing against the injustices of the world.  

Early in childhood, I envisioned my career as that of a teacher, and social worker. I remain both of those things at heart even though my training is in psychology. After graduate school, I worked in social service agencies helping families and children find their way in the world and manage their lives with a sense of dignity and safety.

I've worked professionally with just about every type of human, and in different capacities (social worker, therapist, coach, teacher). Most people are looking for connection, reassurance, and acceptance. Acceptance probably more than anything else. 

There is something missing today from mental health treatment. We can only get so far when dealing with "who takes my insurance" and "managed care" and "how many sessions are covered." This type of thinking, and this way of funding "mental healthcare" is completely broken. But its also the WRONG way of thinking about your life, your psyche, your journey, and your identity.  There is so much more work to do than "seeing a therapist" because you're "feeling depressed." That's a one-dimensional way of looking at an intricately complex circumstance.  Don't you think there's more to know? Don't you think there's more depth to life than that? I do. 

So yes, I've been a social worker, a therapist, an addictions counselor, and a program director of a mental health center...but none of those positions gave me the freedom to practice the art and craft of helping people move to greater levels of self-understanding, functioning, meaning, and fulfillment than my coaching practice has. And that's why I do what I do. And I'm a mother.