Sarah Thompson is the parish counselor at Old St. Pat’s. She comes to us from the Claret Center in Hyde Park, a group of professional psychotherapists and spiritual directors that has served the greater Chicago area since 1980. The mission of the parish counselor is to bring healing, hope, and wholeness to individuals through psychologically informed counseling. Integrating client values and religious beliefs into the counseling process, Sarah works with individuals, couples, and families as they seek to understand and grow through various challenges life brings. Her goal is supporting clients in their efforts to discover and become more fully the person they were created to be.
People seek counseling for a variety of reasons, including…
- anxiety and/or depression
- couples’ counseling, marital and premarital counseling
- difficulties in relationships
- recent or unexpected life changes
- feelings of loss, sadness, or grief
- feelings of isolation, emptiness or meaninglessness
- difficulties in achieving goals
- lgbtq affirmative counseling
Sarah began her professional life in business and has an MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. She transitioned to entrepreneurial and non-profit work before starting her journey to become a therapist. Sarah has her Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is now working towards her LCPC, which is the second level of Illinois professional counselor licensing. Besides counseling individuals and couples at OSP, Sarah is also a certified domestic violence advocate at Sarah’s Inn crisis call center and is a volunteer for the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement program. Sarah is married and has four children.