At Sonder, we appreciate that each person we work with is unique in regards to their personality, life experiences, beliefs, values, and goals.
We value and believe in the importance of finding the right "fit" between our clients and therapists.
Too often we allow our fear, guilt or disbelief to stop us from living our best story. We stay stuck in relationships, jobs or other situations that no longer serve us, zap our energy and leave us feeling unfulfilled. We put other people’s needs ahead of our own and are left feeling confused about or disconnected from our purpose and passion in life. Deep down, many of us can’t shake that feeling that there is more for us if we can only muster up the courage to change.
My work is to help you find a life that is more meaningful, a life that is more aligned with who you are and what you want. The majority of clients I work with are competent, well-functioning individuals who are struggling in some way or our feeling dissatisfied, unhappy or stuck. Whether its regarding an experience, your everyday life, your relationship, fears about the future, or something more devastating or extraordinary, change is possible. I encourage you to make a commitment to yourself and your future.
As a therapist I use an integrated approach to therapy and draw primarily from cognitive behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and interpersonal theories. I work with adults and older adolescents along with individual therapyEducation:
Doctoral Degree from Minnesota School of PsychologyExperience:
10+ years of experience in private practice, community mental health and forensic settingsSpecialties:
Dr. Sara Schilplin is a Licensed Psychologist who provides individual therapy and testing for adolescent and adults. Dr. Schilplin enjoys treating clients with a variety of clinical issues and specializes in treatments for adults and adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders, including depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder, as well as individuals with difficulties related to life transitions, family of origin issues, relationships, GLBT issues, and emotion regulation. She has extensive experience conducting psychological evaluations to test for ADHD, general mental health functioning, cognitive/memory functioning, anger problems, forensic issues, and pre-surgical pain or bariatric evaluations.
In practice, Dr. Schilplin utilizes an integrated approach to therapy, drawing primarily from Cognitive-Behavioral and Object Relations theories. She takes a collaborative approach to treatment, combining her clinical expertise with the goals of the client. Dr. Schilplin believes in fitting her therapy approach to the specific needs of the individual and recognizes that different clients have different needs. In the first couple of sessions, Dr. Schilplin will work to develop some clinical impressions of you to determine the best approach for treatment. She believes that having a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s earlier relationships and life events are key to understanding a client’s current struggles, as well as the client’s perception of their struggles.
Dr. Schilplin received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver.Experience:
She has 14+ years of experience and has worked in a variety of settings, including private practice, community mental health, a University counseling center, and a forensic mental health treatment facility. Dr. Schilplin is the founder and owner of Black Hills Psychology, which expanded from a solo practice to a comprehensive group practice in 2014.
Dr. Schilplin is also an elected member of the South Dakota State Board of Psychological Examiners.Specialties:
In working with people, I always look for the strengths that a person carries with them that have often gone overlooked due to the stressful events that have been endured. I view my responsibility as helping people remove the road blocks that prevent them from experiencing a fulfilling life. These road blocks may take the form of thoughts, difficult emotions, the way people act, or difficulties interacting with one's environment and social network. I want to assist people in adapting to these areas with evidence based interventions, so that people I meet with can return to enjoying their lives. My style is empathetic, warm and genuine.
As a therapist I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to understand the impact that certain thoughts have on a person’s emotions and actions. I am also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, (CBT), Family Systems, Play Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). A key component of my approach is assessment of the client’s social network to understand their connection with othersEducation:
Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology, The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute, 2015
Master’s Degree, Marriage and Family Therapy
Multiple years of experience in community and private practiceSpecialties:
I believe everyone experiences difficult times – it’s normal. Perhaps it is intense sadness, uncontrollable worry or you feel lost and alone. I know it’s hard to ask for help – but asking is a sign of strength not weakness. As a therapist, I treat each unique person with dignity and respect as we work together to find solutions and healing.
As a therapist I create a collaborative therapeutic relationship to ensure my client’s goals are always addressed. I have been trained in a wide range of therapeutic approaches and I use the one that best serves my clients.Education:
Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
Bachelor’s of Science, South Dakota State University
Multiple years of experience in in-patient/out-patient hospitals, private practice, emergency room and community centersSpecialties:
I am devoted to providing solutions-focused therapy to help my clients improve their quality of life. My therapeutic style is direct, dynamic and change-oriented. I combine compassionate understanding of present problems with enthusiastic pursuit of future goals. I have a holistic view of physical, mental and spiritual health, seeking mind/body balance.
As a therapist I draw from a range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative, Systemic and Family-Based Therapy tailored to fit each individual and their specific situation. I use strategies that encompass faith-based and strength-based concepts.Education:
Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from St Mary’s UniversityExperience:
20+ years of experience in community mental health and health care settings and experience with assessing and treating adults and adolescentsSpecialties:
Therapy is a process that requires a trusting relationship between the therapist and client. My approach nurtures this relationship to create a safe space that facilitates healing. It's an honor to work with and guide those looking for more in life - for healing, emotional growth, perspective, and understanding of self and others. By identifying past and present barriers, I work with clients to achieve therapeutic goals.
As a therapist I address each client as an individual with unique circumstances and strengths and work with clients from all backgrounds. I collaborate with clients to determine goals and direction of therapy and provide psycho-education including coping techniques and DBT skills in conjunction with therapy.
Master’s of Art, Addiction Counseling, Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction StudiesExperience:
Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and multiple years of experience in chemical dependency and mental health counseling
I acknowledge the messiness, the humanness, of life inherent to us all; we can't do it all on our own. I collaborate with clients to find tools to navigate through this, and create a more centering and stabilizing way of life, despite the dizziness, disorientation, and disconnect. My approach in therapy recognizes these challenges central to living; I help each client towards a life of meaning, fulfillment, and happiness. My therapeutic style provides a sense of freshness, nonjudgement, and an authentic presence to each session.
As a therapist I take into account the complexity of human beings - always interacting with our environment, with others, and with ourselves. I see each client as whole, and our mental health as a very significant and intricate piece to our overall health and well-being. I use a client-centered, collaborative approach utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Strategies, Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical-Based Therapy (DBT).Education:
Master’s of Science, Counseling and Human Development, specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, South Dakota State UniversityExperience:
Multiple years of experience in community centers, private practice, hospice, academic setting, funeral homesSpecialties:
I offer my clients an innate respect and compassion for their unique story. My mission is to activate an individual’s inner courage to overcome their fear so they can enjoy healthier, more productive lives and relationships. My style is creative and intuitive, combined with common sense and practical judgment. I focus on the whole person in the context of the present and past, helping clients to discover life choices – those that keep them stuck and those that can help them move forward. I find great joy in helping my clients obtain that understanding.
As a therapist I use Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Mindfulness approaches along with Adlerian Psychotherapy. I offer Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) services for children and teens. I also offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and employ alternative therapy techniques (e.g. arts/crafts, play therapy) to tailor treatment to the unique needs of my clients.Education:
Master’s Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with concentrations in Professional Clinical Counseling and Marriage and Family TherapyExperience:
Multiple years of experience in clinical settingsSpecialties:
I believe that individuals who are dissatisfied with life, feel stuck, or who are at a general loss of knowing how to move forward can greatly benefit from therapy. Our lives are shaped by many influences including past and present experiences, biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors. Those influences may have been positive, negative, or a bit of both. My goal is to work collaboratively with you in the context of the therapeutic relationship to find relief and equip you with tools that you can utilize moving forward.
As a therapist I use an integrated therapeutic approach drawing from systemic, cognitive behavioral, relational, and interpersonal theories.I have experience in psychological evaluations, providing diagnostic clarifications, Independent Medical Exams, and cognitive/memory functioning.Education:
Doctoral Degree, Azusa Pacific UniversityExperience:
APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at Cincinnati Medical Center, Neuropsychology, 3 years experience as treatment provider for individuals with severe and persistent mental health disorders, and 7 years experience performing disability evaluations. Extensive experience with state forensic services, supervising trainees, teaching, and working in clinical settings.
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