October 10, 2017

Starting With Respect


Sara DeHart Young ’89 finds a lot of satisfaction in her job.

I truly feel that the professors at Guilford, along with the other members of the community, saw potential in me that I couldn’t see. Their encouragement and mentoring helped me to see myself as capable.

Sara DeHart-Young '89

“The most satisfying part of being a counselor is that I get to spend my time doing something that can make a difference in the lives of others,” she says, “so they can hopefully achieve greater satisfaction and fulfillment in their own lives.” 
 
A licensed professional counselor and a registered art therapist, Sara is a partner at Triad Counseling and Clinical Services in Greensboro. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Guilford and her master’s in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She served as an adjunct instructor in Psychology at Mississippi State from 1998-2008 and as an adjunct lecturer in Guilford’s Psychology department, from 2009-2015.
 
During her undergraduate years at Guilford, she says she gained more than a degree. 
 
“I had one of the first opportunities in my life to feel like a valued member of a community,” she says. “I truly feel that the professors at Guilford, along with the other members of the community, saw potential in me that I couldn’t see. Their encouragement and mentoring helped me to see myself as capable.”   
 
She brings that experience to her counseling practice, centering compassion and individual attention — two aspects of her Guilford education she uniquely values. Another key takeaway? A belief in each person’s unique potential.   
“The genuine respect and interest that I received as a student is something that I certainly tried to pass along to the students that I taught and is part of my counseling philosophy.  I try to help the people that I see for counseling recognize and build on  their strengths  so they can better face challenges they experience in their life.”
 
“My relationships with professors who genuinely cared about me as a student and person promoted an environment where I could thrive” Sara says. “Guilford really does inspire a lifelong love of learning and a commitment to helping each student access and maximize their potential.”

Wise Counsel

Having been transformed by her time at Guilford, Sara has some advice for those planning to spend their college years here. 
 
“You have a wonderful gift in the individualized education that they offer at Guilford. Make the most of your time. Make friends with diverse students and faculty. Engage in a wide variety of experiences and challenge yourself to do things you don't think you can do because in all likelihood you will surprise yourself!”
 

Do you have a passion for helping others? Trying to decide what to study so that you can turn your passion into a career? Schedule a visit to Guilford to meet students who share your interests, as well as faculty who are dedicated to helping you reach your educational and professional goals.


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