Once in awhile you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right
- Scarlet Begonias by Robert Hunter
Sarah Osterberg, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Sarah is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters in Art Therapy and Clinical Counseling from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. Her experience over the
past 7 years included working with adolescences, teenagers, adults and veterans for individual
and group counseling.
With her background in art therapy, Sarah utilizes art directives with an array of mediums for clients who are interested in creative expression. Sarah also utilizes CBT, DBT, mindfulness
techniques and always approaches therapy in a trauma responsive way.
Sarah recently moved to Austin from Connecticut and is getting use to the Texas terrain, as she is
an avid hiker. You can find Sarah spending intentional time with her friends and family, playing with her pitbull and golden retriever, trekking around different trails, practicing yoga, creating art, and searching for the best pizza in Austin, during her free time.
Thank you for showing up for yourself by taking this courageous step of being here!
I know that seeking and reaching out for help can be difficult. You’ve likely been debating seeking help and support for a while. I am so glad you are here reading this because that means
you are taking that next effort towards finding a therapist who can offer support and care.
My name is Sarah Osterberg, and I am a licensed professional counselor with my masters degree in art therapy and clinical counseling. I have an eclectic approach to therapy, meaning I tailor the
different approaches and therapeutic techniques utilized for each individual that I work with. I am honored that you are considering me to walk along the path of this new journey of self-
discovery with you.
How I Work
I bring my authentic self to the therapeutic relationship in an approachable, accessible, and
innovative way. I view the therapeutic relationship as a partnership in which we both invest on your journey of healing. You are the expert on you. I think of my role as a witness and a guide to walk alongside you and help you figure things out so you can rediscover your personal power
and manifest your authentic self.
My style is authentic, humorous, encouraging, curious, genuine, and most importantly compassionate. You are invited to bring whatever is important for you and arrive just as you are, there is never any judgement. We will utilize talk therapy and integrate various techniques/approaches such as, art and journal directives, mindfulness practice, and meditation.
I believe that with self-determination and a knowledgeable, non-judgmental approach one can reach a place of self-fulfillment, genuine inner peace & meaningful healthy connections with
You are invited to bring whatever is important for you and arrive just as you are. There is never any judgement.
What made you decide to become a counselor?
I have always had a passion for helping others, I was even a “peer counselor” when I was 12! We all need a safe space to process the experiences that we go through and I am honored and grateful to be able to hold that space for the individuals that I work with.
If you could teach the world one skill or technique to improve their lives, what would it be?
I would invite everyone to channel their inner artist and allow for external expression. Releasing emotion via any artistic medium (music, poetry, painting, collage…etc) is incredibly freeing and cathartic. It allows for the intrapersonal world to be witnessed.
Have you personally been in counseling and if so, what did you learn about yourself?
Absolutely! I believe that it is necessary to always be bettering myself and learning about myself so that I can hold a space for those I work with. I have learned, throughout my time in therapy, that all emotions should be welcomed, experienced, acknowledged and thanked.
If you could recommend one book to all your clients, what would it be?
The Body Keeps The Score by Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk
Who is your ideal client?
My ideal client is ready to show up for themselves and is open to trying new directives and techniques to find what works for them.
How do you personally practice self-care?
I practice self-care in many ways. Whether it is going for a run, getting to a yoga class, being in nature, sipping a cup of tea or simply petting my dogs. I predominantly practice self-care in those micro-moments throughout the day.
How do you relate to Mindfulness? How do you incorporate it in your sessions?
Mindfulness is such a gift and something that I am honored to share with those I work with. Going back to micro-moments, I help individuals recognize when and where they can take those tiny moments to come back to the here and now, which can make all the difference in a day. Some individuals I work with enjoy a more conventional way to approach mindfulness and I will have a mindfulness-based meditation to begin a session. Others enjoy practicing mindfulness while engaging in an art directive. I have a mindfulness based watercolor and music directive that clients tend to enjoy.
Your favorite quote?
“Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right”. -Scarlet Begonias, Grateful Dead
If you are hosting a dinner party, who are the 3 people you would invite and why?
What a question! I would love to have dinner with Bob Weir because I am a huge deadhead (Grateful Dead fan) and would love to just chat with him and hear about his life, his experiences and his approach to music. Henry David Thoreau because of our mutual love of nature and his wisdom. And Maya Angelou, simply to hear her speak about her life.