SARAH MAY EILERTSON, LPC, NCC, CCTP, CETP (CLINICAL DIRECTOR)
Sarah May Eilertson graduated from Southern Oregon University, in Ashland Oregon, with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor's Degree in Human Communications in 2011. She obtained a certificate in Human Resource Management and one in Mediation. She furthered her education with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in December of 2013 at Southern Oregon University. During her studies at Southern Oregon University, she obtained experience as an individual counselor and co-facilitated a small group for ten weeks surrounding self-growth.
Sarah continued her education by taking classes in advanced suicide intervention and natural disaster counseling through the American Counseling Association's (ACA) annual conference in 2012. She has completed two 40-hour trainings surrounding the different facets of domestic violence and sexual assault. Through ACA she has also taken a class surrounding assessment and treatment of self-injury and counseling perpetrators of domestic violence. She attended the ACA's annual conference in 2014 where she focused on increasing my knowledge surrounding suicide intervention, new trauma techniques, and ethics surrounding Queer theory. She has completed a yearlong training in Neurolinguistic Programing (NLP). This includes more body oriented forms of explorations, using different lenses to see you as a whole person, and creating the most individualized treatment for the client surrounding the language and techniques that she chooses.
In 2015, Sarah completed the training program with the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) which focused on the ways in which the body, mind, and overall person is effected by trauma. With the completion of this, she has obtained the credential of Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. In 2016, she furthered her understanding of trauma through the completion of a course through the IATP to work with traumatized children. Next, she has completed the first level of the Gottman Method for couples counseling. This method stresses the importance of assessments, creating a strong relationship, working on conflict management, teaching skills for being in relationships, and creating a shared meaning between the individuals in a relationship. Finally, she has completed the first two levels of the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EDMR) which helps in the reprocessing of stuck memories which can follow us years down the road in the form of triggers. Please refer to the modalities page for more information surrounding EMDR.
In 2017, Sarah completed a 12-week training with the IATP surrounding advanced trauma treatments and holds the credential of Certified Expert Trauma Professional. This year, she has also completed a trauma training which teaches individuals how to treat traumatized families through the IATP and an advanced training utilizing the EMDR “flash technique” which is used to treat highly dissociative individuals. She is working towards her certification in EMDR and expect to have this credential in 2018. Finally, she has completed the Tier 1 Star Behavioral Health Providers Training which helps increase the efficacy of working with veterans.
Sarah is always stretching skills clinical skills, knowledge, and techniques that we can use in sessions. She believes that she can only take you as far as she has gone herself both professionally and personally. For this reason, she is always growing and learning new things which she can bring back to you. She promises to always bring you the more up to date information in the field to allow for the most effective treatment possible.
SARAH'S PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
In 2010, Sarah volunteered for a year at the crisis hotline with Community Works in Jackson County where she assisted individuals with manners surrounding general crisis, domestic violence, and sexual assault. During this time, she answered the phones for crisis calls and provided resources to individuals in need. She learned the importance of resources and how to effectively manage crisis situations. During her graduate work, she spent 6 months with the Women's Crisis Support Team as a counseling intern where she saw clients for individual counseling services (for various concerns), took shifts at the shelter, ran overnight shifts with the crisis helpline, and ran a psychoeducational group for staff surrounding burnout. She has been working as a counselor serving individuals with various concerns, couples, and groups since 2014 in Grants Pass and 2016 in Medford. As the Clinical Director for Rising Phoenix Counseling Services, LLC, she oversees all cases seen within Rising Phoenix Counseling Services, LLC, manages with any complaints brought forward by current or past clients, and provides trainings for her staff to ensure a group cohesion. She has been working with the Family Connection since 2015 as a guest speaker at their yearly parenting trainings and most recently as the keynote speaker in October 2017. She currently has a working relationship with Southern Oregon University’s Masters in Mental Health Counseling Program and has been supervising a graduate student counselor since July of 2017. She has recently accepted a position with Project Heal, a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and treatment of eating disorders, on the Board of Directors as the Event Coordinator. She hopes over the next few years to increase the support and knowledge of Southern Oregon surrounding the prevalent challenges faced by those effected by eating disorders. For more detailed information surrounding her past experiences, any complaints surrounding Rising Phoenix Counseling Services, or services offered please feel free to call or email Sarah today.