Although artists are regarded in some societies as visionaries, in ours they tend to be viewed as outsiders and eccentrics unless or until their work becomes valuable monetarily. Jungian psychology recognizes the creative drive as essential and places aesthetics in the center, rather than on the fringes of psychology and its concerns. Sarah is experienced in helping artists with a variety of issues.
Sarah’s exploration of the archetype of the hero, (her post-graduate training thesis was on the female hero) has relevance to our most ordinary and unheroic undertakings, as well as our greatest ambitions and accomplishments.
Most classical heroes, like Odysseus, appealed to the gods for help and made sacrifices when things went wrong, whereas we tend to blame ourselves and/or others. Uncovering what we find most and least heroic about ourselves can provide the foundation for a new and more encouraging self narrative, especially at critical, transitional times.
Sarah has worked effectively, respectfully, and empathically with individuals and couples in the LGBTQIA community for many years. Her knowledge of alchemical images brings a unique perspective to her work with gender transition issues. The image of the hermaphrodite was central to alchemy and it arises occasionally in dreams. In keeping with alchemical principles, Jungian and Archetypal psychology understand masculine and feminine polarities as imaginal, alive, and accessible within ourselves, not just biologically and culturally determined.
Sarah began her clinical training in psychology as an intern in the counseling department at Simon's Rock College, and went on to become an adjunct there. She has a natural affinity with young adults. A lifetime of involvement with and study of art has given her a particular appreciation and understanding of renegades, outsiders and iconoclasts. This carries over to her work with young adults who, in their need to individuate and define themselves, partake of a similar spirit.
Shocked by the sentimentalized version of motherhood available in most books on the subject, Sarah began studying myths about heroes and their journeys and realized that the experience of pregnancy, birth and caring for an infant is analogous to the hero's journey in every respect. This mythological perspective brings new understanding to the vast range of women's experiences of motherhood in its many phases.