Houston Therapist for Adults, Children, Teens, & Parents
Licensed Professional Counselor
Do you feel overwhelmed with your parenting? Do you feel that as your child has gotten older, you are less and less sure of what to do? Do you experience anxiety around handling when your child might have a meltdown? Do you feel that the tools you are using to discipline your child aren’t working anymore?
If so, I can help. I have worked with parents, teachers, and other caregivers who are struggling with a child in their life to build a more positive and understanding relationship with their child. When you have the tools and confidence in your parenting abilities, you are better able to manage and respond to the behaviors your child is exhibiting.
You are already a great parent; I’m just giving you more tools for your parenting toolbox!
Often, children and teens are not always able to express their struggles, so I use play therapy and expressive arts techniques to help the child or teen build insight around what is really bothering them and help them learn ways to express themselves to others. I work with parents as part of a holistic treatment approach and I understand how important the family system is for change and healing.
I also enjoy working with adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, relational issues, and adjusting to changes in their lives. I have worked with adults across the lifespan, from young adulthood to older adults. My work with adults focuses on helping you identify anxious or depressive thoughts and symptoms and examine your patterns of relating with others. I believe this understanding of yourself can help to bring about healing and growth, and as your counselor, I am honored to be on this journey with you.
I also have experience working with other mental health professionals seeking their own therapy in order to support their clients. It’s so very important for us, as mental healthcare professionals to take care of ourselves so we can better support our clients.
Through my experience and training, I have worked with family members to understand and support mental health within family systems and define how mental health challenges have impacted everyone involved. Mental health challenges are something we all face at some time in our lives, but we don’t have to do it alone. Sometimes, issues involving psychological wellbeing can be difficult to accept or cope with when a family member is struggling. I work with families to provide psychoeducation, support, and validation in the experiencing of mental health symptoms, and work to establish communication and understanding between family members.
My theoretical orientation is humanistic counseling, which means our work together will center on you and our relationship.
Together, we will explore how your beliefs impact your life and help you build awareness of your daily stresses and patterns of relating to your world.
Groups I Offer
Child-Parent Relationship Therapy Group for Parents of Young Children
CPRT is an evidence-based parent education program that helps parents build stronger relationships with their children. In 10 weeks, you will learn skills and strategies to help you:
- Be more attuned to your child’s emotional needs and developmental changes
- Help your child develop self-control and regulate their emotions
- Effectively discipline & limit inappropriate behavior
- Communicate more effectively with your child
- Feel closer and more connected to your child
Middle School Student Therapy Group
Research shows that group counseling during this critical period increases a child’s social and academic competence, and helps them develop coping skills to use for all life’s challenges.
This group is for middle school students ages 11-13 to help in easing the internal and external stressors associated with adolescent personal growth and development.
I love to cook and spend time with people having deep conversations. I am an ISFJ so you might also find me curled up with a good book or listening to music or a podcast. I have recently moved to the Houston area and I love to get outdoors and explore the trails, local restaurants, and shops that make Houston so inviting.
What Clients Are Saying:
Sarah is wonderful. She is so kind and such a good listener. We are really happy with her.
Sarah has been great. Has given me a lot of really great suggestions. She is really flexible and I really enjoy her feedback for parenting skills.
We really like Sarah, and she’s been doing really great with our daughter.
Very Good experience. It was great to work with Sarah Agarwal. She is excellent with kids and adults equally.
Sessions are going really well, actually. I have improved on my negative thinking. I was at my lowest when I first came to Sarah, but now I see hope. Everything is going much better now.
with Houston therapist, Sarah Agarwal, Ph.D., NCC, LPC, RPT.
Sarah is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas, license #77952. She holds a Doctorate Degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas, a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University, and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Victim Studies from Sam Houston State University. The focus of Sarah’s dissertation research was working with parents of preadolescents. Sarah has experience working with clients across the lifespan in multiple community clinics where she served clients from diverse socioeconomic statuses, cultural backgrounds, and presenting concerns. Sarah has devoted her professional career to meeting clients where they are and working within the therapeutic relationship to help her clients feel capable and accepted.
Sarah is also a Certified Child-Centered Play Therapist/Supervisor and Certified Child-Parent Relationship Therapist/Supervisor