Sara Garl, LCPC

Provider Type: Therapist

Serving: Adults 18-59, Adults 60+

About Sara Garl, LCPC

Therapy is a creative process built on a strong partnership. I believe the best outcomes start with honoring your own experiences, inherent wisdom and strengths. I believe that forging a path toward healing is best accomplished through compassionate understanding and acceptance of the past. My job is not to judge. It is to listen, support and guide you in understanding the areas in your life that may need attention. Together, we will identify goals and create a thoughtful, wise life plan in which healthy, effective change is possible.

As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Rockford, I work with a number of evidence- based treatments to help clients. My therapeutic framework is grounded in the area of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, in particular Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Additionally, I have a Master’s in Teaching and have spent many years as an educator and counselor in the public school setting working with at-risk students.

I strive to live in the present moment and utilize mindfulness meditation as a cornerstone of my own self-care practices. My interests include spending time in nature and with animals, reading, and achieving new personal goals. I own a registered therapy dog and believe in the power of animals to heal and comfort. The practice of therapy is endlessly fascinating, and I am passionate about keeping abreast of new ideas and practices in the counseling profession.

Communities Served:
Bisexual
Biracial / Multiracial
Body Positivity
Gay
Lesbian
Non-Binary
Queer
Transgender

Areas of Treatment

  • ACT
  • Addictions
  • Adoption/Attachment Issues
  • Aging/Geriatric Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Issues / ADHD
  • Bereavement
  • Bipolar
  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Depression / Sadness
  • Diet/Nutrition
  • Divorce/Family Conflict
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief/Loss/End of Life
  • Life Transitions
  • Marriage/Couples Counseling
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Injury/Harm
  • Stress/Worry
  • Weight Management
  • Women's Issues/Infertility
  • Locations

    Insurance

    • Aetna PPO / HMO
    • BCBS Blue CHOICE PPO
    • BCBS PPO
    • Beacon Health Options
    • Benefit Plan Admin - VA
    • Cigna
    • CIGNA EAP
    • ComPsych
    • ComPsych EAP
    • Health Alliance
    • HealthLink
    • HFN
    • Humana
    • Magellan
    • MHN-Healthnet
    • MHNET (Aetna)
    • Multiplan-PHCS
    • New Avenues EAP
    • Optum
    • UBH EAP
    • United Healthcare / UBH