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The future depends onwhat you do in the present
African American Couple

Sarah Knakal

"To be human is to need others, and this is no flaw or weakness"  Sue Johnson

My Approach

Many new clients feel overwhelmed at the start of therapy. I understand this, and I strive to create an environment that is safe and non-judgmental. I firmly believe that a safe therapeutic relationship is the foundation of effective psychotherapy. I believe as I offer you a warm, empathic, and genuine relationship this offers you an opportunity to experience relationships and yourself in new ways leading to opportunities to heal and grow. Throughout our work together you will learn a great deal about yourself, your role in relationships, as well as have an experience of being heard, understood, and validated in new and transformative ways. I welcome your questions and seek to collaborate in our work together. 


I am a Qualified Mental Health Professional and a Licensed Marriage and Family Intern. I hold a Masters Degree in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling from George Fox University, Portland, Oregon. My education focused on the influences and impacts of the systems one has lived in and currently lives within to help understand the individual's, couple's, or family's current struggles. Major coursework included; Cultural Foundations and Social Justice, Family Therapy, Couple Therapy, Human Development, Human Sexuality, Marriage Strong, Addicitons, and Play Therapy. I have additional training and have completed my externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. 

My ongoing education includes conferences, workshops, and readings on a broad range of topics related to mental health and relational struggles including: Interpersonal neurology, trauma, addiction, attachment, theoretical models and ethics.

Office Hours

I am in the office on Tuesday and Wednesdays as well as offer evening appointments.


Standard Session (50 minutes): $100


Cash, check and major credit cards are all accepted. Payment is due at time of service.


You may contact me by clicking on the "Request Appointment" tab and typing Sarah Knakal in the subject line of the email, or you may email me at sarahknakal@gmail.com 

Thank you- I look forward to connecting with you soon!