Sara Heidbreder, LCPC, BC-DMT, GL-CMA


Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist

In a time of struggle or life transition, you may feel stuck, unsure, or overwhelmed. I believe in your resiliency being within you, sitting within your body, and I will guide you in exploring your inner power with compassion, safety, and empowerment.  

I value cultural humility and believe in a holistic approach that is centered on you and your experiences in our therapy sessions. I encourage you to bring your unique culture to the space we share in sessions, and I will respect and support your beliefs and practices. I integrate collaborative insight-driven discussion and movement-based interventions, which helps me to address both your physical (body) and emotional (mind) needs in a natural and non-judgmental manner. 

I love working with people from different backgrounds and addressing racial and cultural related issues, cultural adjustment, and immigration-related anxiety. As an immigrant myself, I am passionate about advocating for these communities! I am bilingual in English and Japanese and offer sessions in both languages. I also specialize in working with survivors of domestic violence, having completed a 40-hour domestic violence training certificate.

I am a board-certified Dance/Movement Therapist, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and Graduate Laban Certified Movement Analyst. I have experience working with both adults and children in hospital, school, and community mental health settings, addressing a variety of mood disorders (including depression and anxiety), family conflict, trauma, and social/relationship issues. 

Sara speaks both English and Japanese.

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Accepting our emotions

When you think about depression or anxiety, what kind of image do you have about them? You may think that they are problematic or bad emotions that you would like to get rid of.

In the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Month, I would like to challenge that idea! I believe feelings of sadness, worries, and anger are all normal human emotions. What we may want to try is accepting them to manage them, rather than rejecting them.

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Love and Boundaries

Being in a relationship can be so much fun when you can be yourself and are free to communicate what’s on your mind. Love should be respectful, caring, and equal. Love should not be coerced, shamed, or painful.

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