If you have been in our clinic in the past six months then surely you’ve seen an exuberant woman greeting group members at the door and generally buzzing around the clinic. Who is she? Introducing, Sarah Skoterro, dually Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor. We are lucky to have her as our Clinical Director of Addiction Programs.
Behind the scenes she is the one writing policy, developing curriculum for our SAIOP and meeting with our community partners. The rest of her time is spent meeting with clients with substance abuse concerns, running DBT group and coordinating our client’s care. She is typically the first point of contact for our substance abuse clients and serves as their personal guide offering customized treatment plans that accommodate any array of needs and restrictions. She’s the one who remembers your name, keeps you accountable and will surely be your biggest cheerleader.
Sarah has been working in behavioral health in a variety of capacities for twenty-six years. She is a member of the National Zero Suicide Alliance and a national trainer on suicide risk assessment and process improvement for behavioral health and primary care coordination. Sarah specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), running our once a week DBT group. She also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in our programs and individual therapy.
So, what does that mean? It means that Sarah is interested in the big picture: ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all behavioral health clients interacting with the healthcare system across the country. It also means that she is aptly equipped to serve every single person that walks through our door with compassion and expertise.
What makes Sarah different from the rest? She’s interested in the truth of any one person’s reality despite how difficult that it may be to say out loud. She share’s a little about that here,
“The hardest part of traveling toward health after riding on the road of the experiences of deeply problematic relationships with substances is getting to truths – there are plural truths, shifting truths, painful truths, and healing truths. Those healing truths are the ones that let us travel to new places of authenticity and acceptance. Practicing truth-telling while accepting the outcomes without attachment is likely the hardest work of recovery.”
Recovery, therapy, the dedication to self-improvement isn’t an easy journey. We will never pretend that it is. But, Sage does offer some of the most talented people in the field to bridge the gap between the desire for change to actualized health and safety. Sarah Stuckey is at the forefront of positive patient outcomes on paper and most importantly in person every day.