Sarah E. Clark, LMFT, LMHC, CVRT
I am a licensed therapist working with individuals and couples in Indianapolis. I use an individualistic counseling approach to meet the needs of all clients. People notice positive results quickly with my strength based, solution focused, realistic, holistic approach to therapy.
I am open, warm, direct, and very transparent. I find that I work best with those who are ready to make changes in their lives. Using all of my experience and the skills at my disposal, I will guide you to find the solutions you have been searching for and support you through your process. I am very upfront about the fact that you are the one doing the work and ultimately responsible for choosing to change or not.
I genuinely enjoy walking through the therapeutic process with my clients and do everything I can to honor the trust they have given me. I do not have a confrontational style, but will not hesitate to push you to reach your identified goals.
An important part of the therapeutic process is that the therapist be the right fit for you. This entails a combination of personality, counseling approach, therapeutic process, and many other small details. If it’s not the right fit, you will not get the best results. That’s why I always do a complimentary brief phone consultation with every new potential client. If we don’t fit, I’ll do what I can to help you find someone who does.
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Education and Credentials
Master of Science in Counseling
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
ACADEMY FOR CERTIFICATION OF VISION REHABILITATION
Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist
Publications and Media Mentions
As a couples counsellor, in everyday conversations, people often ask me if I think they need counselling to resolve something that is going on in their relationship. There seems to be a belief that counselling is something that couples do when they’ve reached an impasse, or when things have gone wrong for so long that one person says they want out. Unfortunately, when things have gone that far, it is difficult to repair the relationship. So, don’t wait until it gets to that point.
As a couples counselor, I have the unique and rewarding experience of helping people strengthen and improve their relationships. This experience has allowed me to witness firsthand the common traits of healthy, happy partnerships.
Those traits may not be what you think. When people are struggling with their relationships, they often believe they have to resolve all of their problems, learn complex communication strategies, or understand what is behind their partner’s negative behaviors. That’s simply not the case. Most relationships can be improved with a few simple strategies anyone can implement: love, gratitude, and respect.
People who come to couples counseling often want to know: What is the most common problem couples experience? Some assume it is either financial disagreements or sexual issues, but while those are indeed common struggles in relationships, they are typically symptoms of a more significant, underlying issue. Others hypothesize the primary cause of failed relationships is frequent fighting. That’s not generally true, either.
The one thing that most often ruins relationships? A pattern of unmet expectations.
As many of you have discovered through your own experiences, there are many factors which must be incorporated into your interactions in order to have a healthy relationship. Our connections can suffer if we are unaware or inattentive to these essential relationship qualities.
Are you meeting your self-care needs? Most of us have trouble meeting our own needs and making self-care a priority. We walk through our lives feeling tired, stressed, frustrated, unfulfilled, and even resentful. Yet, we don’t stop and think about how to change these feelings. We put everything ahead of ourselves and hope that something external will change. We may try to convince ourselves that we are the only person suffering from our lack of self-care, but it affects everyone in our lives. Your intimate relationship is often the thing that suffers most when you don’t make your self-care a priority. How can you contribute to a relationship when you are already feeling empty?
“Pay attention to how they fight with you and other people,” suggests Sarah E. Clark, a licensed therapist, relationship expert, and founder of Idealationship.
When your S.O. has a bad day, who do they talk about it with? “Make sure your partner turns towards you in times of stress or crisis,” says Clark. If they do, that means they’ll be better-equipped to weather storms with you in marriage. “People either turn toward one another or turn away when they are upset. You should both be developing a pattern of looking for support from the relationship and each other,” she says.