Sarah Buddin, LCMHC

Sarah Buddin (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) who specializes in child development (infancy to adolescence), anxiety and adjustment disorders, depression and mood disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She provides psychotherapy for children, teens, and college students. Additionally, Sarah offers parent therapy and parent consultations for guardians looking for guidance in the best way to help support their children. She has a unique skillset due to her extensive experience in the public school system and private practice settings. As a school counselor and mental health interventionist, Sarah collaborated with families and community agencies to overcome systemic barriers to mental health. She utilizes these experiences to help families overcome obstacles and alleviate systemic barriers, especially the BIPOC community. As Sarah entered the private practice sector, her primary focus has been providing psychoeducational skills to alleviate maladaptive behaviors and better cope with life stressors for both children and adults.

In therapy, Sarah incorporates a strengths based, person-centered approach to support the individualized needs of each client. She has extensive training and a passion for working with children from toddlerhood to young adulthood, especially those who have a history of trauma. Sarah enjoys helping children, teens, and young adults develop the tools to advocate for their needs, recognize their own personal strengths, and increase their confidence and self-efficacy. She also has a strong personal connection and dedication to supporting women with fertility complications, perinatal mood disorders, and challenges in motherhood. As a therapist, she acknowledges how intersectionalities can impact the therapeutic relationship and recognizes her own biases in order to better serve her clients. Sarah’s clinical background incorporates the following modalities: Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).

As a mother of two, Sarah empathizes with the challenges that arise in varying family dynamics and understands the importance of supporting the entire family unit. Due to her own experience, Sarah understands the crucial role guardians play in the therapeutic process and the stress parents endure when their children are struggling.

Outside of work, Sarah loves spending time with her husband, two children, and their three dogs. She also enjoys riding horses, reading books, traveling to new places, playing outside with her kids, and attending professional development opportunities.


  • UNC Charlotte- Graduate certificate: Play therapy
  • UNC Chapel Hill- Master of Education: K-12 School Counseling
  • North Carolina State University- Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education

Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (#16212)
  • Registered Play Therapist (#T6544)
  • K-12 School Counseling and K-6 Elementary Education (#1156144)

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Play Therapy (APT)
  • North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (NCBLCMHC)
  • Postpartum Support International (PSI)


  • Playing Perfectly: A Play Therapist’s Guide for Working with OCD
  • Compassion Works: 50 hour Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Postpartum Support International (PSI): Perinatal Mood Disorders- Components of Care
  • Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy

Contact Triangle Child Psychology today if you have any questions about how Sarah can help you and your family, would like more information about services, or would like to schedule an appointment.