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Sarah Peterson, AMFT

Relationship & Couples Counseling
Laguna Beach California 92651

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About  Sarah Peterson

I provide comprehensive individual, couple, and family counseling for adolescents and

adults through a narrative, existential, and strengths-based approach. My relationally

based style is authentic, compassionate, and non-judgmental. I work in response to a

wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, family

conflicts, spiritual issues, and relational health. When exploring an individual’s past

relationships and familial background, one can begin to recognize patterns to discover

what has or has not worked for them in their personal and professional lives. When

looking at the broader context, I can help clients specify problematic issues as well as

identify strengths and vulnerabilities. Through fostering client's resiliency, I can help

people discover their skills, competencies, passions, and values to transform their lives

into preferred ways of being. By finding meaning and understanding of one’s unique

experiences, I believe empowerment and healing can occur.

I am passionate about helping individuals become more fulfilled in their personal and

professional lives by assisting them in attaining their goals. I love my work, both as an

educator who trains future therapists and collaborating with my clients in their desires

to change. Before becoming a therapist, I spent years teaching, educating, mentoring,

and serving in various school and church youth programs. Volunteer work has fueled my

passion for supporting and loving others. I also have an extensive background in

business and leadership. Creating a sense of community and helping others has brought

me immense joy throughout my life. I am passionate about advocating for individuals

and families and find my greatest contentment as a wife, mother, and grandmother.


I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#132080), Associate Professional

Clinical Counselor (#11424), and a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the graduate

program at Pepperdine University. I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary

Education at Brigham Young University and my Master's in Clinical Psychology from

Pepperdine University.


In addition to the Laguna Beach office location, I also offer in-person sessions at our Irvine office which is located near Orange County Airport.

Supervised by Kathleen Wenger LPCC license # 1450, LMFT license # 38183

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    License Certification

  • What type of license/certification do you hold?
  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
  • License Number
  • 132080
  • License State
  • CA
  • What type of license/certification do you hold?
  • Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
  • 2nd License Number
  • 11424
  • 2nd License State
  • CA
  • Education

  • Graduate School/University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Highest Degree Earned
  • Masters in Clinical Psychology
  • Gender
  • Female
  • Therapy Settings
  • In Office Online

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