Sarah Carnahan (she/her), LCSW, Director of Mental Health and Counseling Services, (207) 778-7034

Sarah graduated from UMF in 2006, with a B.A. in Women’s Studies, and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, Sarah attended The Ohio State University, where she received an M.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work. While at OSU, Sarah also taught courses in the Dept of Women’s Studies and completed an internship in the counseling center. Prior to returning to UMF, Sarah worked as a therapist in Lewiston and Rumford, Maine. Sarah works with a wide variety of concerns, including trauma, anxiety, eating disorders/body image, sexuality, gender, life events/transitions, race/ethnicity, and academic challenges.

Sarah on What to Expect from Counseling:

“When you arrive at your first counseling session, you’ll be asked to fill out some basic forms including general demographic information, a confidentiality statement, and a consent agreement. You and I will then meet to discuss what brings you to counseling, what your goals are, and how we can work together to meet those goals. I take a collaborative, person-centered approach to working with clients, meaning that I will tailor my style to best meet your needs. In general, I use strengths-based techniques and frequently draw on elements of dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. For some students, two or three sessions might be enough to accomplish your goals, while others prefer a more ongoing relationship.”

Call 207-778-7034 or stop by the CSD during open hours to schedule an appointment. All students with billable insurance can have up to three visits per semester without a co-pay charge. After three visits, you will be charged the co-pay amount associated with your insurance plan. Students with insurance that we cannot bill or who fail to present a health insurance card will be charged $20 for every visit. Students who have not met their annual insurance deductible or if your insurance company denies a submitted claim, will be charged $20 for the office visit. Students never have to pay up-front for services; they may have any charges added to their student account.


Any dissatisfaction or complaints may be registered by contacting Christine Wilson, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, or the State Board of Social Worker Licensure, 35 State House Station Augusta, (207) 624-8623.

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