Sarita

Sarita Payne

Sarita Payne, LCPC, RYT200
I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Maryland, and a 200-Level, Registered Yoga Instructor.I received my BS in Early Childhood Education, Teacher Preparation from Northeastern University.Over many years of teaching, (25+ years), Kindergarten through college, I observed an increase in social and emotional trauma which, I believe, hascreated a decline in student learning preparedness, and academic performance. I became increasingly concerned about the social and emotional development of young people. This led me to pursue a MS degree in Counseling at Johns Hopkins University, and the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, (LCPC), license with the state Maryland.

Initially I interned as a School Counselor at the elementary school level in Loudoun County, VA, but went on to counsel first generation college students, serve as a career counselor, provide academic advising, and serve as an adjunct instructor. Also I have worked as a Clinical Counselor for children, families, young and older adults, in aprivate agency setting. I was also a Project Coordinator for several school-based social and emotional development groups and a summer program in a high-need area of Baltimore County.

My goal is to work with young people of all ages, parents and adults, to facilitate the understanding of self, explore ways to successfully manage and cope, and live a more enriched, and balanced life.While I regularly use the traditional approaches to therapy with Client-centered, Solution Focused, and CBT, I was drawn to the Lighthouse Center for Therapy and Play to pursue the Registered Play Therapy, (RPT) certification, and to incorporate more creative therapies of art, sandtray, mindfulness and yoga into the talk-therapy process. Building rapport with each client is very important to me, because I believe building positive relationships increases the likelihood of creating more positive change.


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