Owner & Licensed Professional Counselor
My name’s Sara and I’m glad you’re thinking of working on self-betterment. I’d love to walk this healing path with you.
I’ll tell you a bit about myself.
I’m a local to the Lehigh Valley area, but originally from the Jersey side. I have been working in the mental health field since 2010. I have a wide variety of interests, as evidenced by work in many fields of study. I originally attended Rutgers University and triple majored in Biological Sciences, Psychology, and English — I couldn’t make up my mind. But, I’m glad to have had these experiences — honestly, I synthesize these “different” disciplines more than I had originally thought I would, in my current work. After departing from Rutgers and a few tries at some different fields, I enrolled at Lehigh University, ultimately earning a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Human Services. I found my fit — I really enjoy working with a diverse body of people and hearing their stories! And I really enjoy supporting folks through tough times, hearing who they’d really like to be, and working to remove the roadblocks keeping them from their dreams. With this in mind, I then enrolled at Widener University’s program in Human Sexuality, earning a second master’s.
Working in sexuality topics is my ultimate passion. I love helping clients structure their ideal life and am not afraid to pay close attention to a key aspect of being a human — our broad sexualities! I specialize in working with folks around gender identity, sexuality, intimacy and relationships, communication, sexual pain, and with LGBT individuals, those in consensually nonmonogamous relationships, folks who identify as kinky, people involved in sexual or domestic violence, and those who might just desire some more sex education and affirmation from someone who “gets it.”
I draw on a therapeutic orientation of feminist and humanistic counseling, which is all about power sharing and emboldening and uplifting clients using a strength-based approach.
In my free time, I love to read and write, draw, travel, attempt to hike, spend time with close friends, murder houseplants, practice mindfulness outdoors, journal, volunteer in the community, and I’m an avid gamer — I like story-based games and RPGs.
In my practice I offer counseling, consulting, and educational services. Individual counseling is my area of expertise; I love to be a warm, supportive presence for folks. I also have developed a few group therapy initiatives over the years that meet regularly. I specialize in working in human sexuality topics, so please feel emboldened bring your taboo topics into the therapeutic space we collaboratively create.
The bulk of my work is now virtual; I meet with folks over phone or by video. At times I offer meetings in-person if I’m in the area.
I sometimes have the pleasure to offer workshops to individuals in the community which you can inquire about.
In addition to mental health counseling services, I am certified to offer Master-level Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level II, meaning I feel confident in working with folks who present with Complex Trauma, otherwise known as C-PTSD.
I am licensed in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Colorado, and New Mexico to provide counseling services. I have an office in Pennsylvania to provide in-person meetings, though I mostly work virtually. I am also registered as an out-of-state telehealth provider for folks in Florida and Vermont.
I do not currently accept insurance, and use a cash fee model. This allows us more flexibility in our work together and increased confidentiality. I can provide you a receipt for our meetings which you can submit to your insurance for potential reimbursement.
If you are NOT in the states listed above and seeking coaching, education, or virtual advising I certainly welcome a meeting to discuss how to create your best sexual life, and to provide educational consulting and coaching. However, be aware that if you would like counseling or therapy-related mental health services you must seek a practitioner licensed in your state of residence 🙂
If you are seeking couple’s counseling, I highly recommend contacting Dinnette for a consultation. If you are seeking therapy using a modality I don’t have much experience in, I have a host of wonderful colleagues to direct you toward. You may complete a release of information so your other practitioner and I can consult about your case to get you the best result.
I truly enjoy envisioning the “whole” human and look forward to meeting you and joining you on your healing journey!
Licensed Professional Counselor
Hi, I’m Dinnette!
I am a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I hold both a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology, and Masters of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Kutztown University.
I do individual, couple’s, and family counseling, both in-person and online, and enjoy working with clients from a diverse group of ages, backgrounds, and lived experiences. I am bilingual and offer counseling in both English and Spanish. If you are looking for Spanish-speaking therapy, I would be glad to chat about your needs. I am LGBT-affirming and sex-positive. I am passionate about offering access to care across different communities.
My therapy approach is affirming, person-centered, and I greatly enjoy getting to know you as an individual as well as understanding you in the various contexts you present in on a regular basis (in a relationship, as a family member, as a parent or child, at work, in the community, etc). My therapeutic orientations are client-centered and feminist/empowering, and I am trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Reality Therapy.
I’m a Lehigh Valley local, and am passionate about being involved in the community and giving back. I have run workshops on women’s empowerment, self-care, trauma, work-life balance, and have enjoyed working to support refugees transitioning into the US. I am a founding sister of Mu Sigma Upsilon multicultural sorority Inc at Kutztown University Genesis Chapter. I enjoy creating and nourishing community and have been described as bubbly, chatty, and empathetic.
I am spiritual, a mother, and a Puerto Rican Ecuadorian American. I was raised in a blended family being the youngest of 8 (!) children. These lived experiences have shaped me and aided in my desire to understand and care deeply about family dynamics when I am working with couples, families, youth, and those from diverse backgrounds.
In my time outside of work, I enjoy supporting my boys in their recent endeavors with sports, spending time with close friends and family, seeing live music and jamming out, and drinking a nice cup of tea. I greatly enjoy the outdoors and strongly believe in the healing aspects of nature and mindfulness.
I offer individual therapy, couple’s therapy, and family therapy to folks in Pennsylvania.
I work both virtually and in-person depending on scheduling and your needs. I am not in-network with insurances and operate on a cash-fee model. I can provide you a receipt for our meetings which you can submit to your insurance for potential reimbursement.
You can contact me at email@example.com and 484-353-6883.
Moral support beast
This footstool-shaped creature is our coworker, Dela.
She accompanies Sara in the office sometimes, sheds relentlessly and reminds you when you stop petting her.
She LOVES people, and is terrified of other dogs.
Dela is from Eastern Colorado and grew up in yellow fields of burnt grass under wide-open starry skies.
Dela has survived a neglectful childhood of constant crating, two broken legs, two autoimmune diseases, motherhood, and a stroke resulting in brain surgery.
She is evidence of perseverance through chronic health conditions. Dela is bright, full of life, and fully and unequivocally retired.
Dela has now learned how to live with East Coast humidity and has discovered a longstanding interest in squirrels she hopes to continue to expand upon.