Sarah Jenkins MC, LPC
My Experience and What It Means For You...
I get that when you are looking for a counselor, you want someone you can trust. You want to feel safe. You want to know that he or she has experience and understands how to help...
I have a Masters of Counseling from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelors of Psychology from James Madison University in Virginia. I am also registered with the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I am also a member of the British Psychological Society and hold a clinical license in the UK as a Chartered Psychologist. An EMDR therapist since 2002, I specialize in Arizona EMDR therapy. I am an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Training Provider, EMDRIA/HAP Approved EMDR Consultant, Certified EMDR therapist, and Equine Assisted Therapist.
We counselors just love lots of confusing letters after our names, don't we?!
I am also a true teacher at heart and love supporting other therapists' learning and professional growth. With this in mind, I specialize in the treatment of complex trauma, but also provide ongoing consultation for both new and established therapists, nationally and internationally, who seek to increase their confidence in working with trauma and dissociation.
My passion also includes supporting EMDR therapists in utilizing the animal-human bond through Equine-Assisted EMDR Therapy, via EquiLateral an EMDR protocol that I created to address the needs of clients with complex trauma. It is very well supported by the EMDR community; I offer EMDRIA approved workshops and a best practice training to share with others in the profession. More information about that can be found at my www.eaemdr.com web site. I am also an active public speaker and have spoken at multiple EMDR Conferences throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.
Throughout my career, I have also served as faculty for the University of Phoenix and Arizona State University. I have worked with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of Virginia and Phoenix counseling settings including outpatient clinics, psychiatric hospitals, and special education schools. My Phoenix counseling experience included my supervising a federally funded EMDR trauma treatment program. I supervised trauma therapists and interns, conducted workshops, conducted public awareness raising events, and saw clients. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Nevertheless, I missed working with as many clients as I used to. I missed the full time clinical experience. Although I helped a wide range of people, I wanted to continue specialize in therapy for those who have survived a wide range of disturbing life events and traumas including, but not limited to, childhood sexual, physical, emotional abuse, neglect, and abandonment. In 2006, with this vision in mind, I created Dragonfly International Therapy and have been in private practice ever since. It just makes my heart sing to be here; I cherish the opportunity to be a part of my client's healing journeys.
Sarah Jenkins, MC, LPC
I was born in the UK and spent my early childhood there. My family and many friends are there, and I often return. My mother was an antique dealer; my father was a history teacher and rugby coach, who later joined the British Navy and travelled throughout the Middle East. As a child, I was taught to value education and multiculturalism. I was encouraged to pursue an early passion for learning and helping others. At the same time, I was also encouraged to "think out of the box," be compassionate, and listen to what others didn't. I heard and responded to my intuition from an early age and my healthy curiosity never let me just take things on mere face value.
In 1981, I moved to the US, to Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C. What a contrast it was. Despite the fact that I spoke the same language, the culture shock was amazing. In hindsight, I think my transition from the UK to US was key to my development and later, the very catalyst for creating Dragonfly International Therapy. With this in mind, as a UK and American citizen, I am also able to provide counselor training about EMDR, EMDR consultation, trauma, and PTSD treatment throughout Europe and the United States.
Since Virginia, and at the age of thirteen, I knew that I would be a counselor. I didn't pick it; it picked me. I was precocious, to say the least. I couldn't image being anything else. I did toy with being a journalist, but quickly tossed that aside when my writing had to "fit in," with everyone else's. I always struggled with that. Still, poetry and I go way back; we have quite a relationship, even to this day. I love to write. These days, my articles are happy to be regularly published at http://www.goodtherapy.org/therapists/profile/sarah-jenkins-20071106 where I am an expert contributor on EMDR Therapy.