Marriage and Family Therapist
Oakland CA USAhome
About My Work
- Mental Health Professional
- After School
- Agency / Mental Health
- Education / Classroom Program
- Families & One-on-One
Sarah works with adolescents in classroom and small group settings and with parents of adolescents. She has also consulted with a youth service agency to integrate mindfulness into their staff’s self-care practices.
Sarah McCarthy has worked with adolescents and families for the past fourteen years as a therapist, guidance counselor, and outdoor educator. Her work has included individual and family therapy, crisis intervention, parent education, college access, and mindfulness education. She focuses on helping youth and their families navigate challenges posed by the transition to adolescence, under-resourced educational programs, poverty, social stressors, and difficult family dynamics.
Sarah’s mindfulness practice started in 2011 with a Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting class. Mindfulness helped tremendously with the pain of childbirth, with the uncertainties of new parenthood, and now with the parenting of two very energetic boys. She uses mindfulness in her daily life: for paying attention, savoring joy, living with the unknown, and for sitting with physical and emotional pain. Sarah continues to develop her own practice while teaching mindfulness to adolescents in public high school. She also strives to parent mindfully, balancing empathy, flexibility, fun, and consistency (some days with varying success!).
Sarah is excited that her students find mindfulness to be useful in their daily lives. Some have reported improved self-awareness, being calmer in stressful situations, focusing better during tests, fighting less with parents, and sleeping better.
Sarah holds Masters Degrees in Education and Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and holds a Pupil Personnel Services Credential.