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holistic, online counseling for individuals



Welcome! My name is Dr. Sarah Bollinger, and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I am passionate about helping people live their fullest lives and I would love to talk with you about ways in which we could work together. As part of this passion, I offer the following services:

  • Online psychotherapy - live video sessions
  • Messaging plans
  • Mindfulness and meditation instruction
  • Social work licensure supervision
  • Speaking engagements

About online Psychotherapy

Online therapy is a convenient, confidential, and transformative way to begin living the life you have always wanted. My hope is that our work together can reignite those things that bring you the most joy and life. Often this process involves working through the impact of loss, pain, trauma, broken relationships, and various forms of oppression in a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship.


I specialize in working with clients on the following issues:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Vocational Discernment
  • Career Innovation
  • Coping
  • Trauma
  • Spiritual Wounding
  • Relationship Issues
  • Family Conflict
  • Codependency
  • Divorce Care
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Women's Issues
  • Anger
  • Life Adjustment
  • Transition
  • Grief and Loss

Client Focus

I currently work with individual clients who are 18 and older. I love working with clients who consider themselves creative, adventurous, inventive, or artistic, and who may feel underrepresented, misunderstood, or on the on the margins of life. This means that my clients are often:

  • Women
  • Minorities
  • Musicians
  • Artists
  • Adventurers
  • Travelers
  • Creatives
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Innovators
  • Inventors
  • Mavericks
  • Mystics
  • Misfits

Call today for more information! 615-988-0122

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I love incorporating mindfulness and meditation techniques into my practice. I work with clients to connect the body and breath, centering on the present moment. I have completed Tara Brach's mindfulness training for psychotherapists.

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapies are proven to effectively treat numerous issues, including depression, anxiety, and stress.


Influences & experience

  • My practice is informed by humanistic and existential perspectives of psychotherapy, and I am influenced by the work of Carl Rogers and Irvin D. Yalom.
  • I am trained in EMDR therapy, which is a type of therapy specifically designed to treat trauma.
  • I have a history of working with grief, loss, and bereavement issues.


Online Counseling - a new approach to therapy

In an effort to make counseling relevant and accessible in an increasingly face-paced world, my work with clients is exclusively through online videoconferencing sessions and messaging plans. Online work is...


Online therapy means that counseling is available to you in the comfort of your own home, office, or even the nearest coffee shop.





Online counseling is great for people who have busy schedules, travel often, and keep full calendars. It is also ideal for those with chronic illnesses or those who have trouble driving.


While individuals may vary in their preferences, when comparing in-person therapy and online therapy, there is no differences in effectiveness. There is strong scientific support for online psychological interventions as a legitimate therapeutic activity.

Read more here.


All live sessions are conducted using secure video and messaging software. Doxy.me is a telemedicine platform that uses encrypted point-to-point connections, which means that counseling is safe and confidential. There is no complicated software to download. Simply click the link to check out my online waiting room or download the free app!


Call for a free 15 minute consultation today! I would love to talk with you about my rates per session.

My practice is:

  • Affordable - I will do my best to ensure that you get the help that you need on a budget that works for you.
  • Managed Care-free - I have chosen not to be "in-network" for any insurance providers, meaning I do not file insurance on the behalf of clients, nor do I contract with insurance companies for their negotiated rate. I feel that this helps to ensure confidentiality, safety, and flexibility. I can provide clients with a coded receipt of their charges and payments (called a superbill) upon request.  Clients are responsible for filing for reimbursement with an insurance company if they choose.

Please be aware that in order for your claim to be considered for reimbursement, your insurance company will require a diagnostic code representing one of the mental/behavioral disorders found in the DSM-5 diagnostic manual and this may become part of your permanent medical record.  This could effect you in several potential ways, such as qualifying for life insurance, obtaining certain security clearances, etc.


Professional Stuff

I absolutely love working with people from all backgrounds and cultures. This passion for people drew me to the social work profession at an early age. In my life, social work provides the perfect avenue to affect positive change in the lives of individuals and in our world. I hold a Doctorate in Social Work (PhD) from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from New York University. I am also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of Missouri and Tennessee, and I have over 12 years of clinical experience.

Before beginning my doctoral work, I worked as a therapist at St. Francis of Assisi Counseling Center in New York City, focusing on issues related to spirituality and women's empowerment. During my time in New York, I also had the privilege of working in hospice care and in cancer centers, assisting individuals and families with the process of illness, grief, and loss. These experiences helped me to understand the beauty and fragility of human life, and the importance of love and connection as central to the human experience. 

I currently run my own private counseling practice where I provide counseling to clients on a range of issues. My practice is entirely online, which provides accessibility, convenience, and ease of access to clients wherever they are in life. I am honored to accompany my clients on their journey toward transformation and wholeness. 

I am also a social work professor at a local university and I adore working with students. I love the chance to teach students about the healing impact of this work and walk with them on their professional journey. To see a list of publications, presentations, and to learn more about my research, please click here to see my CV.

Personal Stuff

I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee. I love yoga and jogging, and although I'm not really good at either of these things, they both make me feel centered and energized. I am a musician and spend much of my time writing, singing, and playing piano. I love incorporating creative expression into my work as part of the journey toward holistic healing.

I think it's also important to note that I grew up in a conservative, evangelical, Christian setting...for better or for worse...and to this day, spirituality intrigues and fuels me. As I've grown and changed and questioned and journeyed, my understanding of faith has morphed a million times, but this desire to keep seeking has remained ever-present. Despite all of my questions, fears, and failures, I've always known that I am part of a larger, more encompassing love. And because of my culture and inheritance, this is best framed for me through the lens of the Christian tradition. For me, love, joy, and peace have always been embodied in this person of Christ. I love working with all people regardless of religion, race, creed, or culture, and I have no hidden agenda or desire to proselytize. I say all of this simply to attend to the fact that my faith journey has been so formative for me, and this is the reason that much of my blog content wrestles with issues of spirituality. I don't have all of the answers, but I invite you to journey with me.

Let's Chat

I am located in the lovely city of Nashville, Tennessee. I am licensed to practice clinical social work in both the states of Tennessee and Missouri and I work exclusively online, which allows me to see clients who live anywhere within these two states. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or to inquire about working with me. I would love to hear from you!

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