Washington College, BA 1982
Washington College, MA 1995
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Individual Counseling for Adults and adolescents
Current groups: Women's Empowerment and Women's Early Recovery
Areas of Specialization
Solution Focused therapy for relationships, insight and cognitive therapy for issues related to depression, anxiety, PTSD, co-occurring disorders, adjustment disorders and other. Motivational enhancement therapy for addictive and co-defendant issues.
Sarah Smith-Putman, LCPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Sarah has 20 years of clinical work history. She began in 1998 working with adolescents in a high school setting for Talbot County Health Deptartment focusing on substance abuse and related issues. In 2001 she moved to Kent County and worked for (what is now) Kent County Behavioral Health as an addictions counselor with a specialty in co-occurring disorders. In 2006, Sarah became an affiliated provider with Chester River Behavioral Health. In 2013 she joined Drs. Wirtz and Schaefer as a Practice Partner. Sarah has also worked as Washington College's Substance Abuse Counselor for students and employees from 1998-2003. Besides working in the field of mental health Sarah has been a group fitness and yoga instructor since 1988 and currently teaches at Kent Athletic Center.
Philosophy of Care
It is my belief that people who are suffering with mental health, relationship, or addictive problems have lost their personal power. I see myself as a temporary partner with individuals or couples in finding or regaining that sense of power. I believe that sometimes this entails understanding the past in another way perhaps, and how this affects us currently, and that sometimes we just need to learn new skills or new ways of looking at things in our life. I feel my strength as a therapist is an ability to connect with patients, form a productive therapeutic alliance and provide feedback in an honest way to allow for growth. Whether working with an individual, couple, or group, I consider myself as part of the team devoted to improving and enhancing health. I am also a proponent of overall health and wellness with a long history in the field of health and fitness and provide information and recommendations to accompany mental health issues.