Sarah May, LPC - Virginia Therapist at Grow Therapy

Sarah May

Sarah May

20 years of experience

Hello! As a seasoned and experienced Therapist, I take pride in assisting others become the best version of themselves, meeting people where they are, empowering others to to overcome struggles, finding resilience, and recognizing value and worth in prioritizing mental health. I do have an eclectic approach to therapy, meeting individuals where they are on their journey, but the primary theory that I draw experience and motivation with is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Trauma Informed Care. I am aware that each person seeking Counseling services is unique and I am open and ready to assist through individualized, person-centered services to ensure those seeking services are invested and involved in their treatment! I am here to listen and provide support for you. I have been privileged to provide services to adolescents and adults with a variety of presenting problems such as depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, phase of life changes, relationship issues, and many more.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

In our first session together, we will start with introductions, any questions you may have and then we can focus on whatever it is that has brought you into therapy! We will go at your pace and focus on what you need. This will be our starting point for our time together. It is an honor to be on this journey with you! Please feel free to message me with specific questions you may have before we get started.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

My biggest strength would be Unconditional Positive Regard. I approach each client from a holistic perspective taking into account unique needs and meet clients where they are, supporting them along the way. I also approach with empowerment and strength-based perspectives.

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My treatment methods


You are your own expert, and each person is unique. The experiences you experience are also unique and with this, based on your needs and progress, different types of therapy styles can be utilized to assist in progress and meeting you where you are and to assist with support, encouragement, guidance, and progress.

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is the backbone of all therapy. I use CBT to help explain to each client how every thought can lead to a feeling. I will ultimately help you examine your thoughts and beliefs. This results in allowing me to reveal how your distorted thoughts can directly lead to negative feelings. By putting in this work, thought patterns change, and this will lead you to happy and healthier feelings.

Dialectical Behavior (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is essentially a modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy. The main areas I use this in my sessions are to help people live for the moment, develop healthy ways to cope with stress, learn how to regulate their emotions, and improve all relationships in their lives.


Strengths-based therapy focuses on your own existing strengths, resources, past experiences of resiliency, and positive supports and attributes, even those you might have forgotten or didn't know existed! We will take those strengths, nurture them, grow them, and put them in place to assist with navigating and reducing and managing!