Sarah Blechman, LSW, MSSW
With over 10 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults in outdoor educational, behavioral, and mental health settings, Sarah brings a host of expertise into her role as a Therapist at Pacific Quest. Sarah earned her Master’s of Science in Social Work with an emphasis in Mental Health through the University of Louisville, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Florida State University. Prior to joining the Clinical Team, Sarah served on the Field Leadership Team as a Program Supervisor, Autism Specialist, and Rites of Passage Facilitator, thereby developing a remarkable level of proficiency in creatively utilizing each of the elements of PQ’s Integrative Model to meet the unique needs of the students and families served. Clinical Director, Dr. Lorraine Freedle, states, “Sarah has an exceptional talent for creating experiences for students that lead to real and lasting change. She is our ‘go-to’ team member for creative ideas in the most challenging situations.”
Sarah’s clinical practice is informed by her belief in the value of insight and awareness which can be discovered through intentionally-designed formative experiences. She enjoys using horticultural and experiential therapies to empower students and families to learn how to meet their needs for connection and belonging in novel, healthy manners. Sarah works well with students who struggle with disordered eating, internalized or externalized forms of anxiety, depression, relational challenges, autism, personality disorders, phone/internet gaming addiction, and substance abuse. As a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), Sarah utilizes mindfulness and the mind-body connection to enhance her clinical work. Through her background in Rites of Passage, Sarah seeks to authentically cultivate the foundations of adolescents’ emerging identities by demarcating the closing of one chapter and the process of stepping into another. Sarah also implements her training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Non-Violent Communication, and Depth-Oriented Art and Sandplay Therapy in her work with students and families.