Hi, and thanks for visiting.

Early in my graduate work in Mental Health Counseling, I impulsively bought a bunch of paints, brushes, and canvases and started to paint. I had no idea what I was doing, and I made a big mess. As an anxious and self-critical counseling student, I desperately needed ways to practice self-acceptance, intuition, and genuine expression. For me, painting was the perfect practice. Sometimes I hated what I made, but I grew from the process and thus came to love it.

Ten years later, I’m still painting and still learning from the process. What I learn isn’t so much about the craft of painting as it is about life –that is–being vulnerable, relaxing versus forcing, taking risks, making messes, showing up, being present, getting out of my own way, and carrying on as well as I can in this beautiful difficult world.

Painting mimics all the worthwhile endeavors to which I’ve remained committed: 1) I set out excited, passionate, and more than a little ill-prepared; 2) I get lost and begin to despair about why I bothered; 3) I seriously contemplate abandoning my efforts; 4) Some deeper part of me gets curious, giggles at my predicament, and decides to see what happens next; 5) I surrender to the process; and 6) I find my way home.  “Home” never looks like I imagined it would when I started out, but then again, neither does life. I get enough joy along the awkward way that I keep coming back for more. That, and I get to live with a lot of original art, which is its own kind of joy.

 I’m also a full-time therapist who sometimes teaches a graduate course I created for counseling students, The Counselor as a Person. My clients and students are my teachers too. Truly, we’re in this together, learning from the greatest teacher of all–the unfolding process of life itself.

 Please contact me if you’d like to connect. Also, please feel free to leave a comment anywhere on the site, and subscribe if you’d like to receive new posts by email. I always appreciate hearing from you, and I welcome learning about your process, too.

 –Sara Nash, PhD, LMHC

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  • EMi

    exquisite picture!!

  • marian margulies

    Hi Sara,
    I love your site. Beautiful art and lovely words that speak to me.
    I also would love to know more about how other therapist’s think, but
    mainly feel. What their internal landscape looks like as I explore my own
    both in (my training analysis) and outside of it – (inside of me).
    We are all travelers on this path of discovery and connection and vulnerability
    is there every step of the way.
    I look forward to your blogs.
    my very best-Marian

    • Sara Nash

      Thank you Marian, how lovely to hear from you! I’m a bit behind on updating the blog, but quieter days of summer are right around the corner. Thanks for reaching our and nice to hear we are on this journey as fellow travelers. All my best!

  • Ruth-Anne West

    So glad to have found your blog this morning. I’m also a therapist, artist and writer and read your article on Medium- So what Can Therapists Write About. Hugely helpful as I’ve been blogging about my own trauma history anonymously (after thinking and waiting and questioning and second guessing for years) while wrestling with the ethics of being both a person and a clinician for over a decade. I’m working as a clinical and administrative supervisor now. Loving the writing process, hating the ‘secret keeping’, navigating completely new and mostly uncharted waters. I love your bird art. Hi!

  • Katie

    Wow, truly amazing article about quitting drinking. Everything you wrote completely rings true. And by the way, in case other people aren’t saying it, congratulations!!!!!!

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