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Sylva-based telehealth counseling serving early adults across North Carolina

About Me

"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."

- Anna Quindlen

Sarah Mehta, LCMHC, LCASA, NCC
Most of my clients come to me with the question, “Who the fuck am I?” Full disclosure: I’m still trying to figure this out myself! What I can tell you about myself is that I absolutely love what I do, and my journey as a client has informed how I practice as a therapist. I strive to show up authentically, skillfully, and compassionately- the way I would want a therapist to show up for me.

My Story:

In order for you to work with me, I believe that it is important that you know a little bit about me and my story. I know all about NOT being true to myself- I did that for a long fucking time. I became an expert at avoiding vulnerability and anything “messy” that I couldn’t shove into a box, stuff down, ignore, or cover up. I knew how to make myself look great on the outside by being at the top of my class, engaging in a vibrant social life, and participating in numerous extracurricular activities- but I had no idea how to cope with my depression or anxiety.
And then, some shit happened- I was raped, and it turned my world upside down for a long time. I was desperate for someone to hear me out and help me heal. When I found someone I clicked with, it changed everything. It was really fucking hard, and at times, I wondered if I was changing at all. But I kept showing up, week after week, talking about what was really going on for me, and things started to change.

A Few Things Therapy Has Taught Me (So Far):

It is possible to speak up about my needs and my feelings.

My thoughts and emotions are real, valid, and exist for a reason.

The shit I’ve been through has helped shape who I am.

It is possible to make small choices every day that help me heal and be more authentic.

This “healing” deal is kind of a lifelong thing (and it will be full of lessons and mistakes).

I have the capacity to be kind to myself (which I previously thought never existed).
Am I saying that I’ve figured myself out? Absolutely fucking not! Do I still go back to things that don’t serve me? Sure do (read: perfectionism, self-criticism, over-working, shutting down, not taking care of myself when I get triggered). Do I cope with everything perfectly because I’m a therapist and know all the tools? HA! Nope. (Which, for the record, I find pretty hysterical, given the irony there). Point being, I’m a human being who’s been through some shit, and I’ve also been in your shoes of looking for someone who could help me heal.

What You Need To Know If You Are Going To Work With Me:

Your safety is my number one priority in all sessions. You have probably experienced unsafe relationships, environments, or events in your life. I am dedicated to creating a space where you can feel seen, heard, and understood.

Our relationship involves trust. My favorite definition of trust: “if I trust you, I believe you will always do what you believe is in my best interest – even if I don’t appreciate it at the time.” This means that I don’t give “idiot compassion” (aka not calling you on your bullshit).

I believe in the power of learning and practicing skills. As Shauna Shapiro has said, “what you practice grows stronger.” If we see each other 1 hour a week, that leaves 167 hours to experiment with what you have learned. For you to get the most out of our sessions, I recommend this approach.

I do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach for counseling, and I don’t ever assume that I am the best fit for everyone. I tailor all of my sessions to fit your individual needs, and we regularly check in about how our sessions are going.

I believe if we don’t laugh, we would die. So expect some humor at some point in our sessions. This may also involve a wide variety of swear words, movie references, memes, metaphors, or spontaneous invitations to try new skills or behaviors in sessions. 

You won’t leave every session feeling fabulous. I’m not doing my job right if you don’t feel some discomfort. Feeling un-fabulous doesn’t mean you are doing anything wrong- in fact, it means you are doing the work!

Licensure, Schooling, and Background:

I’m an LCMHC (# 12829), LCAS (# 23587), and NCC (# 757223). I received my M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Appalachian State University. I also have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Guilford College. Prior to private practice, I worked for almost five years in agency work. This included working for a non-profit agency in which I supported underserved populations struggling with mental health and substance use, as well as an agency that supported young adults in early recovery from substance use. In addition to doing individual therapy, I also have experience running experiential and education-based groups on mental health and substance use. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing).

Providing telehealth across North Carolina 

1294 Savannah Drive Sylva Suite 3 NC 28779

Sylva North Carolina

1294 Savannah Drive 
Suite 3
Sylva NC 28779

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