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, narrative therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, trauma informed care, mindfulness, and relational/humanistic theory. 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. You are the expert in your own life! I want to not only learn about your experience, but from your experience. 


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, whatever that means for you. 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 incorporate sociological theory & feminist theory into my work. 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. I love incorporating expressive arts into my practice through the use of arts & crafts, dance, and writing/journaling. Humor is definitely a staple in my work as well. Therapy is a lot of hard work, but I believe it can also be fun! Through all of the above, we are able to co-create your therapeutic journey. In a metaphorical (and potentially literal sense) you are the artist with the canvas. I get to provide the paint and watch your masterpiece unfold! 
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 got my Masters of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in December 2018. While at St. Edward’s, I completed a year of internship at Lehman High School providing school based counseling for individuals and groups. I also was an intern at YWCA of Greater Austin where I worked with a diverse & resilient array of clients. While at the YWCA, I co-facilitated a group called Body Love, where we provided support and psychoeducation around self-esteem & body positivity. My post-graduate professional endeavors have included individual, group, couples, and family counseling in a private practice. I have also worked as a school based therapist for a non-profit at a local high school for the last year. 


I love working with teens, college students, young professionals, and women through the lifespan. Some of the presenting issues I have experience in include: anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, body image, life transitions, addiction in the family, relationship health, anger management/emotion regulation, healthy assertiveness/boundary setting, communication skills, and identity exploration. 


When I am not working you can find me catching a Houston sports game, cooking/baking, watering my plants, going for a walk with my fiance and our 3 dogs, or playing in my ever growing collection of makeup. 


Areas of Expertise:

– Anxiety
– Depression
– Self-Esteem
– Body Image
– Life Transitions
– Relationship Health
– Identity Formation
– Emotional Regulation
– Communication Skills
– Boundary Formation

Fees:

$125 for 50 minute Individual Session

Locations:

Westlake Hills Office