I have been “working” on myself for 25 years. I have tried all manner of spiritual disciplines and traditions. I have worked with a variety of practitioners and psychotherapists. If you are looking for someone to do deep, effective and transformative work, look no further than Sarah Walston.
— Quinn F
I am a kind of an inner-life warrior and I heartily endorse Sarah as a coach.
I think everyone could benefit from working with Sarah, especially counselors and Enneagram teachers or anyone into growth work of any kind. Too bad there aren’t more Sarahs.
Sarah’s questions make me think and feel more deeply about what I have just disclosed. Her notes help me reflect and work further on what we have discussed.
Sarah is gifted in taking me where I have not yet gone and might not if left on my own. I love how non-judgmental she is, and her support for telling the truth in difficult circumstances.
Her probing has been consistently gentle, and I have been very pleased with the results, e.g., a decision limiting the immediate focus of my work, support in my current mission, directions for marketing myself, and at least three pieces of professional writing, etc.
— John Amos, JCD, STL, MDiv
Canon Lawyer and Riso-Hudson Certified Enneagram Teacher
Working with you has been positively lifechanging. I’ve been to and around a number of different types of therapists, and IMHO, you are the best dang therapist in the whole wide world!
I feel far more ‘integrated’ than ever before, in a way that is difficult to put into words, but is extremely powerful, and lasting. I feel clearer and more capable of tapping into my truest self. I am able to hold the immensity of feeling and life challenges in a stronger way that is less overwhelming than before.
I really like the experiential nature of your guidance. I have gained valuable insight about my way of being, which sheds light on my innate tendencies and patterns of behaviour, and then provides a kind of roadmap to navigate current challenges as well as enlightenment about relationships between myself and others.
I feel heard, understood, and tended to by you, and have profound gratitude for your presence, professionalism, compassion, intelligence, strength and wisdom. Not only are you gifted in this work, you are always thoughtful, kind and attentive to my needs in the best possible way. I always feel calmer, clearer, and stronger after a session with you, despite where I am on my journey towards balance and healing.
Working with you, I’ve discovered something about the nature of Love, and its infinite realm of nourishment that exists all around us at all times and which we each have the capacity to tap into.
I’ve also learned how my limiting beliefs were just things I was taught, but which are not in any way Truths to live by. I’ve also been shown how the dismantling of such limiting beliefs is extremely healing and liberating. To have been guided through these revelations in your supportive presence at a rate that I can graciously assimilate is something I appreciate beyond measure.
I would recommend you to someone who is eager for learning, and open to discovery and transformation; someone with an interest in doing deeply healing work, who is willing to unpack their baggage and delve into powerful, transformative work that requires intention as well as vulnerability.
I appreciate that you are able to tell me the truth, without sugarcoating it. You have the sensitivity to confront me in ways that are absorbable and not too devastating. I can then build upon that body of truth and knowledge, as ballast in my mind/heart/body, helping me navigate the choppy waters that I’m in the midst of.
I am eternally grateful for having found you.
Never having been to “couple’s counseling” before, we were a bit fearful of the process. T. was dubious of committing to the enneagram or “a method.”
Sarah was able to help us “translate” what each of our types are trying to express to each other. She helped us to interrupt our patterns so that we can move forward with better communication.
Through this, we’ve been able to ground ourselves in our strengths, and more easily forgive our weaknesses while we learn to share ourselves with each other more openly.
We’ve found a greater awareness of patterns that don’t always serve our relationship well. We’ve also recognized how our individual patterns or “our types” can impact each other and the relationship.
We’ve learned that sometimes it simply just takes a moment of grounding to come back to the heart of the relationship. We’ve seen how relationship with each other is a mirror for our individual selves, and that in relationship we can grow to become the people we are meant to be.
We would recommend Sarah to anyone who feels stuck in patterns of behavior. She is warm, thoughtful, encouraging, and a skilled listener.
— L J and T C
Working with you has been one of the most valuable experiences of my life. When I think about the teachers/mentors I’ve had for whom I have reverence, you’re among those handful of people because you have changed, in a significant way, how I want to be in this world.
I found your flexibility and range in conversations to be helpful. Your sense of humor was a great balance to the earnestness you showed…. there was rarely a moment when you were not present with me. You seemed to know when to push me and when to not. Most of all, I’m thankful you’ve engaged me in what has become as much a spiritual practice and journey as a mental one.
You are an active listener who offered insight that was truly valuable. Many counselors simply listen, reflecting back what was said but adding nothing of value besides an open space. Working with you was different because of the unique perspective you brought to our conversations. I now have a deeper understanding of the patterns at work in my daily life and relationships.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your services to anyone interested in deeper self-knowledge.
— Leah Adams
I was at the point in my personal growth path that I needed something more than “talk therapy.” I was drawn to see Sarah because she offered tools to help me. Sarah creates a very safe place and unconditional acceptance. This allowed me to relax and focus on healing.
With these tools from Sarah, I have learned to gain inner peace almost immediately. Her work has helped me to become more accepting of myself and others and not take things so personally. It has helped me stretch outside my comfort zone.
Anyone would benefit from working with Sarah. She has helped me see myself in a way that I could not have seen otherwise. I feel much more grounded and much more at peace.
— Suzette Starbuck
Sarah stands out as someone with a thorough and detailed understanding of the Enneagram who has the capacity to transmit her understanding of the 9 types to others with compassion, grace and a delightful sense of humor.
Sarah demonstrates mastery of the depth and complexity of the system with its various levels, including work with the Passion to Virtue conversion process and the Holy Ideas.
Her in-depth understanding of the system allows her to meet people where they are, and invite them into a deeper understanding of their own enneatype and the enneatypes of others.
-– Renie Hope, LMHC: Therapist, Enneagram and Diamond Approach Teacher
After several failed attempts to find someone that suited me, I was so fortunate to find Sarah Walston. Working with Sarah made me feel understood, possibly for the first time in my life, and her vast knowledge and compassion helped me acquire the tools necessary to achieve happiness I had not known before. I am more in control of my life and am not just reacting to life around me – I am really living it!
— Mary W
When I think about [working with you], I don’t know quite how to put it. Everything worked, even the stuff that didn’t feel like it worked still worked and worked on me.
— J H
“Working with Sarah is a gift. She has given me the tools to live a more authentic life and we were able to really give me back the JOY in my life. What a life changing experience in all. Thank you.”
I think one of the aspects of our working together that has been most incredible to me is the way in which you are so versatile, so able to draw on different “techniques,” different theories, different approaches. It’s in this way that you are able to draw me out of my mind and more fully into my heart and gut.
I am awed by the ways in which you have not only met the needs I knew I had, but pushed me beyond those needs toward deeper discovery, toward a point where I think about what I want and not just what I need…. There has never been a time in which I haven’t felt fully and completely supported by you and by our work. And that support, the kindness, sweetness, and generosity with which you have given me your support has enabled me to move forward. I know that; I feel it, every day.
— R F
Sarah has a keen ability to pinpoint the Enneagram dilemma at hand, and then speak to it in a manner that is welcomed by her colleagues. I have appreciated and admired the wisdom Sarah brings.
I’m continually in awe of Sarah because she is articulate, compassionate and gentle when providing insights to others. She is extremely skilled in creating safety. It has been a true honor and pleasure to be a colleague to Sarah Walston.
— Suzie Lyons LICSW