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Sarah Tolson, MSEd, LPCC-S

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor-S
Supervising Counselor

Struthers Clinic

Licensure

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor-Supervisor

Education

Associate of Applied Science in Human Services Technology, Kent State University, 2007

Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Kent State University, 2008

Master of Science in Education- Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Youngstown State University, 2013

Professional History

“In 2007, I began working as a Residential Shift Worker at The Kendall Home in Columbiana County. There, I worked to provide a stable living environment for homeless individuals who struggled with severe mental illness. I assisted those individuals in acquiring skills and accessing resources to achieve and maintain independent living. After graduating with my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies, I pursued a career in Youth Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment (CPST) at The Counseling Center in Lisbon, OH. During my time as a CPST worker, I gained valuable skills and experience working with Project F.O.C.U.S. (Families Of Children Under Stress) which is a comprehensive community support program designed to more effectively meet the needs of youth with severe emotional and behavioral disturbances and their families. As a CPST worker for that program, I engaged children, adolescents, and their families by assessing family needs; providing direct interventions; coordinating services with other professionals; advocating on behalf of youth and families in Juvenile Court; monitoring functioning at home and school; providing education, support, and crisis intervention services; and linking and referring youth and families to community resources.

After 3 years of CPST work in Columbiana County, I decided to pursue my graduate degree and enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Youngstown State University. There, I completed my graduate degree while interning as an outpatient therapist at The Counseling Center in Lisbon, OH. My scope of practice included individual counseling for children, adolescents, and adults struggling with disorders such as: ADHD, Disruptive Behavior Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Adjustment Disorders.

After graduating from Youngstown State University, I relocated to Cleveland, OH where I began work at Applewood Centers, Inc. During my employment with Applewood Centers, I gained experience in School-Based Counseling for Elementary-Aged Children, as well as Outpatient Therapy and Residential Behavioral Health Counseling. I learned skills for the implementation Parent- Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), as well as specific skills in treating Selective Mutism.

In 2014, I returned to Columbiana County where I spent nearly 2 years doing Intensive Home-Based Treatment (IHBT) services intended to serve youth and families in need of intensive therapy due to risk of out-of-home placement, return from placement, and/or severe emotional disturbance. I utilized the Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) treatment model in which I became certified and trained to provide an evidenced-based treatment modality, which targets antisocial and delinquent behavior in youth. Finally, in May 2016, I decided to return to outpatient therapy and found that PsyCare was the right fit for my career needs.”

Theoretical Orientation

“The vast majority of my experience is in implementing behavioral therapy approaches. Behavioral therapy is rooted in the principles of behaviorism, a school of thought focused on the idea that we learn from our environment. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced-based approach in which I help my clients become aware of their thoughts, including their inaccurate or negative thinking, so I can help them learn to view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.

When working with young children, I encourage parents to attend session with their child. As we engage in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, I teach both the parent and child ways to strengthen the parent-child bond and assist both parties in learning more effective ways to interact.”

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