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, and various forms of oppression in a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship.
I currently work with individual clients who are 18 and older, and I specialize in the following areas:
- Spiritual Wounding
- Relationship Issues
- Sexual Orientation
- Gender Identity
- Women's Issues
- Life Adjustment
- Grief and Loss
Call today for more information! 615-988-0122
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.
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.
My therapeutic work is heavily informed by humanistic and existential perspectives of psychotherapy, and I am influenced by the work of Carl Rogers and Irvin D. Yalom. I use mindfulness techniques, connecting the body and breath, and centering on the present moment. I have completed Tara Brach's mindfulness training for psychotherapists, which has transformed my work. I am also trained in EMDR therapy, which is a type of therapy specifically designed to treat trauma. In addition, I have a history of working with grief, loss, and bereavement issues.
Misfit. Kind of a strange thing to mention about yourself on the web, huh? I bring this up because this one word actually has a lot to do with my approach to social work and my understanding of the field.
I love working with people on the margins, those who feel the least understood, and those who are looking for their place in a world full of conformity. I love helping people find their unique voices in a culture that can often feel silencing for those who don't quite fit. I'm an artist and a creator, and I am passionate about living life to the fullest. I share this information simply because it shapes my world view, my professional goals, and my approach to working with clients.
I love working with students and I currently teach a number of micro and macro social work practice courses.
My research interests include:
Health disparities among under-served populations
International social work
Women’s health and mental health
Spirituality and mental health
To see a list of publications, presentations, and to learn more about my research, please click here to see my CV.
A new approach to therapy
Does online therapy work? Absolutely!
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.
In an effort to make therapy relevant and accessible in an increasingly face-paced world, my clinical work with clients is exclusively through online videoconferencing sessions and messaging plans. These approaches provide convenience, flexibility, and privacy to a new generation of clients.
Online work is effective and practical. It is ideal for:
- People who travel often
- Business professionals with busy schedules
- Parents with full calendars
- Those with an illness or disability
- Students with multiple demands on their time
- Those who cannot find a therapist within driving distance
- Individuals with fears around leaving the house or around driving
Convenience and Confidentiality
All live sessions are conducted using secure video software. Doxy.me is a telemedicine platform that uses encrypted point-to-point connections, which means that counseling is both confidential and available to you in the comfort of your own home, office, or car. There is no complicated software to download. Simply click the link to check out my online waiting room!
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.
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!
Call today! 615-988-0122
333 Murfreesboro Pike | Nashville, TN | 37210
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