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 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 my work providing personalized mental health support to students and also teaching success classes and workshops.  I am also 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. 

Each week I host a virtual Mindfulness Gathering on Mondays and a virtual Student Support Group on Fridays.  Find the zoom links for both of those on the Counseling Services webpage:

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.