Sara Balkanli, LPC-Associate Supervised by Lora Ferguson, LPC-S
Hey there! I am so glad you are here. I know how much courage and vulnerability it takes to seek out counseling. You are incredibly brave to take this step & I am grateful for you!
I hold a lot of roles in my life. I am a daughter, friend, partner, dog mom, coffee aficionado, encourager, advocate… but the role I hold closest to my heart is therapist. My passion is walking through life with others and holding space for all of the complex experiences life has to offer. I describe my style as the three C’s – Connection, Community, and Creativity.
I believe we find healing in connection with other people. I draw from attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, trauma informed care, and relational therapy. My goal is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental space for clients to explore their lives. The greatest gift we have is each other – to be truly seen, heard, and felt by another person. I want to learn about your experience, and learn from your experience. You are the expert on your own life!
I believe that in exploring this connection with ourselves, we are able to then find healing within our community. I am deeply passionate about finding our connection to our communities. We are all shaped by experiences outside of ourselves such as family history, culture, religion, race, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Let’s explore all of these intersections together! I am LGBTQIA+ affirming, body positive, and active in anti-racism advocacy work.
I believe that in order to tap into our true potential we have to get creative! Self expression is such an important part of healing & living our truth. Expressive arts activities and humor are staples in our work together. Therapy is a lot of hard work, but I believe it can also be fun!
Through the 3 C’s we are able to co-create your therapeutic journey. This space is meant to be yours, and I am honored to walk this journey with you.
A little about me – I graduated from Texas State University in December 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies and a Minor in Sociology. I earned my Masters of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in December 2018. While at St. Edward’s, I completed practicum experiences providing counseling services in a local high school and at a local non-profit specializing in providing counseling for women. My post-graduate professional endeavors have included providing individual, couples, and family counseling in a variety of settings. My variety of experience allows for a greater understanding of resources available to help support you in and out of the counseling space. I am also a Certified Positive Discipline Educator.
I love working with teens, college students, young professionals, couples/families, and women through the lifespan. Some of my areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, body image, emotion regulation, relationship challenges, identity exploration, healthy assertiveness/boundary setting, communication skills, and trauma.
When I am not working you can find me catching a Houston sports game (Go ‘Stros!), cooking/baking, studying astrology, spending time with my fiance & our 2 dogs, traveling, or playing in my ever growing collection of makeup.
I offer a free 15-20 minute phone consultation to new clients who are interested in working together. Please feel free to reach out via phone, email, or text to ask any questions you have. I look forward to hearing from you and walking through life alongside you!
Areas of Expertise:
– Body Image
– Life Transitions
– Relationship Health
– Identity Formation
– Emotional Regulation
– Communication Skills
– Boundary Formation
$125 for 50 Minute Individual Session
$140 for 50 Minute Couples or Family Session
Westlake Hills Office
Teletherapy for all Texas Residents
Phone: (512) 886-3885