Sarah Elizabeth Arredondo is a Licensed Professional Counselor with seventeen years of experience working with couples, children, and adolescents. Although she still sees counseling clients on a limited basis, she is pursuing her passion of helping families navigate divorce as a mediator and parent coordinator/ facilitator.
Divorce has such far-reaching impacts, from the couple and their children, all the way to the larger community. So much damage can be mitigated when the couple is supported well during the divorce process and then as they settle into new roles, rewriting what they anticipated for their life story. As a Mediator, Elizabeth can step into the divorce with the couple, facilitating conversations that can bring healing and closure to one chapter, and if needed, set the tone for many conversations to come."
As a parenting coordinator or facilitator, Elizabeth applies her extensive knowledge of child development and trauma and the many years she has spent working with children and adolescents. Among those experiences, she has worked as clinical director of a psychological assessment center for children in protective custody. Currently, she serves as a supervisor for the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors, overseeing the work of the clinical director at a children's immigration shelter, She also supervises interns working in school counseling positions and in private practice settings.
Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southern Methodist University, a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College, and then pursued doctoral coursework at Sam Houston State University to specialize her training in Forensic and developmental psychology.
Among Ms. Arredondo's many certifications and post graduate trainings, she has taken the requisite 40 hour basic mediation certification training, the Advanced Family, Divorce, and Child Custody Mediation certification training, and Parent Coordination and Facilitation Training.
She has kept abreast of the latest research and techniques in working with couples in conflict, training extensively in John Gottman method couple's counseling. Her own research interests include the emotional and psychological sequelae of unforgiveness and also child custody evaluations. Relevant publications include:
Otto, R.K., Edens, J.F., & Barcus, E.H. (2000). The Use of Psychological Testing in Child Custody Evaluations. Family and Conciliation Courts Review, 38 (3), pp. 312-340.
Professional memberships and affiliations:
The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Texas Mediator Credentialing Association - Candidate for Credentialed Mediator
American Psychological Association
American Counseling Association