Our Approach to Individual Therapy for Clients in Hood River, OR

Get to know Sarah Oaks Counseling! At my practice near Hood River, Oregon, I take a holistic approach to individual therapy, personalizing my services for each client I see. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment where you can embark on a journey of healing and growth, exploring your emotions and overcoming challenges like a boss. Tailored...[ read more ]

Overcoming Stigma to Seek Help for PTSD

Living with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can feel like constantly navigating a labyrinth of challenges. Yet, one of the greatest obstacles individuals face in their journey toward healing from a past trauma is the pervasive stigma that still surrounds mental health issues today, particularly PTSD. This stigma fosters fear, shame, and discrimination, often preventing individuals from seeking the help and...[ read more ]

What is Healing, and how does Counseling help?

People have an idea that “counseling” equals “skills acquisition,” and that there are workbook pages involved, and plenty of ‘em. I will tell you right now that when someone comes to me telling me the story of how they are pretty lazy and need to try harder and have more tasks to complete, that is the very person to whom...[ read more ]

“Positive” Thinking

Maybe it’s just me, but the whole idea of turning “negative” thinking into “positive” thinking gives me a galloping case of the grumps. How many times have I read about using the “power of positive thinking” to change my situation? “Change your thoughts; change your Life.” “Turn that frown upside-down.” “Smile and the world smiles with you; cry and you...[ read more ]

The Drama Triangle

Beware the Drama Triangle, ya’ll! It is the source of all conflict and unconscious torment in our relationships! And when I say “Beware,” I really mean that. Be aware, if not wary. What is the Drama Triangle? Well, it has 3 points, and each point stands for a role that we take on in conflict. One point is called the...[ read more ]

Asking for Help

Asking for help is magical. Sorry to introduce that word so baldly and immediately into a nice bland little blog on help-asking. But still, “Asking for help is magical,” I say. Even thinking about asking ignites an internal process on a long-burning fuse. Asking is the spark to that fuse, the one that leads to the charge that can clear...[ read more ]

How to Cope with the Stress and Anxiety Caused by COVID-19

If you’re like most people, you are doing your best to stay calm during COVID-19 pandemic. But that can feel incredibly difficult at times. When not worrying about friends and loved one’s health, there’s also the conflicting information provided by the media and the economic ramifications of the virus that have people on edge.Signs of Emotional Distress and 6 Ways...[ read more ]

3 Ways Individual Counseling Can Help Your Marriage

Even happily married couples can hit obstacles along the way. When this happens, couples can either go it alone and try to work through their issues themselves, or they can seek the guidance of a trained and experienced marriage counselor. While some couples feel their problems should be kept private, many more are finding the value of seeking help from...[ read more ]

What Is An Extroverted-Introvert – And Are YOU One?

Are you one of those people who has never quite felt like an introvert but are definitely not an extrovert? Have you read descriptions of either personality and thought, “Mmmm, close, but not quite?” If so, you might be what is called an extroverted introvert (EI).Extroverted introverts, also called “outgoing introverts” or “social introverts” have qualities of both personalities. They...[ read more ]

4 Ways to Improve Communication in Your Relationship

If you’re reading this blog post, chances are you and your significant other have hit a snag in the relationship. Maybe you’re spending less time with each other and you’ve grown apart. Or maybe you do little else than argue these days.All relationships go through their ups and downs. No matter the good intentions of the individuals or how in...[ read more ]

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