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Sarah Stambaugh, BA


University of Tennessee, Knoxville B.A. in Psychology


Professional Interests

As a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program, two of my key roles are researcher and practicum therapist. My current research primarily focuses on communication between groups and suicide ideation stigma. I draw from my research as I aim to prioritize reducing mental health stigma and creating an open and meaningful dialogue between therapist and client. From years of suicide and crisis intervention and prevention work, I’ve come to deeply admire the unique strength and resilience of emerging adults. I also recognize the unique challenges of navigating transition to this university and feel honored to provide the support students deserve.

Theoretical Orientation

I primarily draw from psychodynamic, interpersonal, and feminist/multicultural traditions, but remain flexible to a client’s unique needs. Through my therapy I support clients in exploring ways in which their past experiences and family dynamics may inform their present emotions, behavior, and interpersonal patterns/functioning. I aim to provide a non-judgmental listening space with an emphasis on client empowerment, identifying/processing emotions, meaning making, and identity development.

 Personal Interests

In my spare time, I love going on walks and spending time with my fiancé and our two cats. I’m also an amateur photographer, plant collector, sunset enthusiast, and proud Mario Kart champion.