M.Ed./Ed.S., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
The stories we tell ourselves, shape the way we live, work, and interact with the world. As a Marriage and Family Therapist who uses narrative therapy and attachment based approaches, Sarah Kate Wilder’s mission is to help people identify the stories they are telling themselves and whether those stories allow them to thrive or keep them stuck. She believes that all of her clients have the capacity to move to a path of growth, health, and self-love.
Sarah Kate Wilder currently works at Village Counseling Center, specializing in trauma in children and families. She is an advocate against sexual violence, organizing the GCOSW Survivor Art Exhibit for the past four years and serving on the board of Created Gainesville, a local nonprofit that helps women escape sex trafficking. Sarah Kate received her Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Florida, as well as her bachelor’s in Psychology. Go Gators! When she’s not working, she enjoys going out for breakfast, taking her blue pitbull Lily on walks, and teaching Yoga and Pilates at the park.
Session Title:Taking Back the Stories of Our Lives: A Glimpse at Narrative Therapy and Its Gifts
Track: Personal Growth
Description: Imagine for a moment that you’re walking down the street and a stranger is walking towards you at a fast pace while staring down at their phone. You do your best to avoid them but they still bump into you. Hard. You stand there for a moment, reeling from the throbbing in your shoulder and arm. They don’t stop or acknowledge you, they just keep walking.
In that moment, what do you think? How do you respond?
We (humans) are meaning making machines. We fill in the gaps. Our lives and identities are shaped by three things: the meaning we give to our experiences, the language we use to story our lives, and the situation we occupy in our social structures in particular the power relations in these structures.
In this workshop, participants will get to dive into these concepts as derived from narrative therapy and apply them to their own life. Through this process, new stories will emerge offering hope, growth, and possibilities.