Sarah Scott Dooling
Though originally from a small town outside of Boston, Massachusetts, it has been a joy to make San Diego my home for the last twelve years. Born into a family of educators, I was always excited about the idea of working in a school setting. While I felt a pull toward education, I felt a stronger pull toward the field of psychotherapy. As a child I was drawn to stories of human experiences, especially the ones where people were able to be resilient in the face of adversity. In fact, my parents love to tell the story about how I, “started up a therapy business” when I was ten years old. I set up shop under the piano in our living room. My family members would come by, sit under the piano and share their thoughts and feelings.
As an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst I completed the secondary education teacher certification program. Shortly after graduation from UMass, I made my way to the west coast to complete a year of service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. That experience, along with years working in the nonprofit world helped me to realize that I wanted my exchanges with people to be more in-depth and personal. I was inspired by the extraordinary stories people had the courage to share and was moved by the healing I would often witness. For the first time I understood the true power of exploring, sharing and learning from your personal story.
It was then I decided I wanted to spend my life working with people in a therapeutic way. I pursued social work and graduated from the San Diego State Graduate School of Social Work in 2008. I am currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Additionally, I hold a clinical license (LICSW) in the state of Massachusetts. In addition to maintaining a private practice, I have the privilege of working as a school-based clinician for a local school district. Working in both the school and therapeutic setting has provided me with opportunities to work closely with children, teachers and families for the last ten years.
I do this work because I care deeply about helping others who feel stressed, stuck, and lonely. My favorite aspect though, is when I can help someone to connect to her inner resources so she can regain a sense of hope and tap into her natural ability to heal. I believe that everyone deserves an empathic, skilled, and dedicated ally.