There's a long story and a short story...
For today, I'll go with the latter. For about 25 years my approach to life was as follows:
Be the best. Push harder. Be better. Be successful. Never rest.
This mentality got me degrees in chemistry and psychology, a strong application for medical school, and a whole lot of frustration and heartbreak. The harder I pushed, the unhealthier and unhappier I became.
When I finally got honest with myself about my health, strengths, gifts, and heart, I could no longer deny the work I was called to do: EMPOWER WOMEN.
The next step was to figure out how.
I obtained a graduate degree in social work from one of the top-ranked programs in the country. At the time, my ego said, "If you're going to be a therapist, then you better get a degree from a top 5 school." As much as I value my education, I now realize the "prestige" of the school was irrelevant. What was relevant, however, was the emphasis placed on research and evidence-based practice, and learning how to translate the strongest research findings on healing, motivation, psychotherapy, and behavior change into application.
I feel fortunate that I get an opportunity to do this every single day in the work I do as a social worker, associate psychotherapist, and coach.
My mission is to elevate others. As we embrace our gifts, our potential, and our inherent worth, we create a ripple that stretches beyond what we can imagine.
No day is the same, but there are a few constants I try to live by every day. They are:
Celebrate imperfection. Have faith in your path. Take time to slow down. Be still. Love deeply. Live with humility. Practice self-compassion. Eat the fries. Savor the coffee.
I hope you find love and camaraderie in Original Worth. You are not alone, and you have a world of beauty and fulfillment waiting for you. The hard stuff will be there too but know that you deserve the good things that happen to you in this life.
Official Bio & Credentials
Sarah Dergins, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and consultant. Sarah received undergraduate degrees in chemistry and psychology from Washington College, and melded her passion for science with her compassion for people as she obtained a master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sarah is a graduate of the UNC-Prime Care specialized training program for integrated behavioral healthcare and is trained in mindfulness and self-compassion based therapy, internal family systems for treating complex trauma, motivational interviewing, solution focused, cognitive behavioral, and psychodynamic therapies. She has a strong grounding in applied positive psychology and the interpersonal process approach based on attachment theory.
Sarah is a Duke-UNC trained tobacco treatment specialist and is currently pursuing certification as a diabetes educator. Sarah is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
Credentials and training aside, Sarah takes the most joy in spending time with her family, being in nature, playing guitar, and providing forever homes to senior and special needs animals.