Sara  Appleton
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Sara Appleton

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
Arizona Accepting Online
Updated January 12, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Life coaching
  • Women's issues
  • Mind-body connection

Professional statement

Sara Appleton is a Licensed Professional Counselor located in Phoenix, AZ. She specializes in helping young adults and adults improve their mental health by focusing on healing the mind-body connection. Her clients might find themselves preoccupied with worry, stress, anxiety, or feelings of worthlessness and self-doubt. Sara is passionate about working with the LGBTQ community, as she recognizes that individuals from this community often face unique challenges in their lives and in their relationships.

Sara’s approach to therapy centers around aligning and integrating the mind and the body. Clients learn about the benefits of mindfulness practices and grounding techniques, quieting the mind and aiming the attention inwards. She also practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a thoughts-based therapy approach that increases positive self-talk as a way to boost mood and self-worth. In sessions with Sara, clients feel heard, understood, respected, and welcomed.

Sara earned a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University and holds certificates in Nutritional Therapy and Integrated Mental Health. She believes that clients are whole people that innately possess strength and resilience. Her goal is to draw this strength out in ways to overcome their current challenges.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Autism spectrum disorder - Support understanding the diagnosis and related challenges and strengths; skill-building in areas of daily routine, transitions, coping with overwhelming sensory experiences, social skills, and emotion identification and regulation

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Life coaching - Identifying intentions and implementing strategies to build resilience and work towards one’s personal, health, or career goals

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman

Mind-body connection - Practicing mindfulness to draw together how the body feels physically and how the mind feels mentally; healing both physically and mentally




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • Allied Benefit Systems
  • Bright HealthCare
  • Cigna
  • Golden Rule Insurance Company
  • Optum
  • Oscar Health
  • Surest (formerly Bind)
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance
  • UMR
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $130 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $85 - $130
  • Initial session: $130 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Arizona)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 7am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm
  • Tue 7am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm
  • Wed 7am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm
  • Thu 7am - 12pm and 1pm - 4pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 7 years

Mind Body Counseling, Therapist, 2021 - Present
Betterhelp, Therapist, 2021 - 2022
Quail Run Behavioral Health, Therapist, 2017 - 2019

Nutritional Therapy Association, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner , 2021
Grand Canyon University, Masters of Science in Professional Counseling, 2017
Arizona State University , Psychology, 2014
Utah College of Massage Therapy, Professional Massage and Therapeutic bodywork, 2004


Licensure

Arizona: 18598


Languages

English