Sarah Thompson, M.B.A., M.A. LPC. Sarah is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she obtained her Masters in Counseling Psychology. She enjoys working with individuals as well as counseling couples. Sarah joined the Claret Center in 2015 and serves as the parish counselor at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago as part of the Claret Center Parish Outreach Program and also serves clients in the West Loop and downtown community. Integrating client values and spiritual beliefs into the counseling process, Sarah works with individuals and couples as they seek to understand and grow through various challenges life brings. Sarah’s therapeutic process is rooted in the values of openness, acceptance, and collaboration. She believes that accessing what genuinely exists inside ourselves helps us to know who we really are. She draws from various therapeutic approaches, focusing on the mind-body-spirit connection, to illuminate underlying issues, free up blocks, and heal old wounds. Her goal is supporting clients in their efforts to discover and become more fully the person they were created to be. In counseling couples, Sarah helps the couple develop the skills needed to healthily resolve challenges and strengthen the relationship. This is a second career for Sarah. She worked a number of years in the corporate world in manufacturing, marketing, and training and has an MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. She transitioned to entrepreneurial and non-profit work before starting her journey to become a therapist. Sarah is also a certified domestic violence advocate at Sarah’s Inn, Oak Park and has worked with adolescents who have experienced trauma at the Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation bereavement camps. Sarah is a certified “Prepare and Enrich” pre-marital and marriage enrichment program facilitator and has completed the Gottman Institute Relationship Level 1 training. Sarah’s enjoyment as a recreational triathlete and endurance sports participant has drawn her focus towards the biopsychosocial approach to one’s overall health and wellbeing.