Sally Sharbaugh

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I received my Master of Counseling from Seattle University in 1996 and I am a licensed mental health counselor in Washington state.  I completed a Bachelor of Art in Sociology and Bachelor of Art in Communications at the University of Washington.  I have worked at SPSCC for 20 years (since 2001!) and consider the College not only my work place but an important part of my community here in Olympia.

I am passionate and dedicated to providing personalized mental health support to students and also teaching success focused workshops and classes.  I am an On Course Ambassador and use the On Course eight success principles as a foundation to create a satisfying meaningful life for myself and to help students and my colleagues do the same.

Before coming to SPSCC, I worked as a counselor at Grays Harbor College, as a Career Specialist at Shoreline Community College, and as a reproductive rights advocate and sexual health counselor/educator in Seattle.

I am particularly interested in the intersection of mindfulness, neurobiology and psychology and I've completed specialized training in somatic experiencing and interpersonal neurobiology.  I bring experience, knowledge and deep compassion to my work with students.  I work with students on a wide range of issues and like to incorporate the power of mindfulness into my work with students and my work on campus.  I do yearly mindfulness retreats and have a daily meditation practice at home.  I get great personal satisfaction from helping students discover their own emotional and cognitive resiliencey and their innate capacity to create their own best lives here at school and beyond. 

I love to travel and be outdoors as much as possible.  I regularly hike, back-pack, kayak, and bike.  Being outdoors and connecting with nature through our precious wild lands is healing and energizing for me.  I encourage everyone I work with to stay connected to the outdoors and the natural environment.

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