Life Changes Counseling & Care Planning

Finding what's next, together.

Sarah Chen, LCSW (she/her)

“Getting old is not for the faint of heart.” I hear this often from my clients! As we grow and as life changes around us, we often find that it takes energy and determination to continue holding on to the things that are important to us. It takes intention for us to stay active and engaged with our priorities and values, especially if we are making big adjustments or dealing with significant changes or losses in our lives.

I mostly work with older adults, adults with chronic illnesses, and care partners, with a special focus on neurodegenerative conditions and dementia. My clients find me to be a good listener who understands what they’re going through, and someone who they can rely on for an empathetic and supportive conversation regarding their situation.

When I work with you, I listen to where you are coming from so that I can help you create practical strategies for the changes you would like to see in your life. It’s usually in your stories where we find the strength and wisdom to craft those strategies, and I consider it an honor to help you in this process, while also gleaning a little bit from your life and insights. There is so much wisdom to be gained as we work together!

Psychotherapy approaches

My style

Training and experience

My social work career has focused on supporting adults with chronic diseases, older adults, and care partners. I have spent the majority of my career working in long-term care, skilled rehabilitation, and healthcare settings. These various settings have allowed me to gain expertise in understanding the nuances of cognitive impairment and various forms of dementia, Parkinson’s Disease and other related movement disorders as well as other neurodegenerative conditions.

I have a passion for advanced care planning and palliative care, especially helping clients and care partners better understand their wishes and preferences for both medical and non-medical care. I am comfortable facilitating these difficult conversations because I believe the best gift someone can give themselves and their loved ones is sharing their wishes and preferences for care.

A commitment to older adults

I originally planned to major in political science so I could work in the foreign service but quickly realized I needed something more hands on. Since declaring a major in social work my sophomore year of college I wanted to focus my career on aging. I adored my grandparents and was exposed to a variety of intergenerational programs growing up. So an opportunity to blend my desire for service and to support older adults seemed like a natural fit. And this natural fit continues to be confirmed as my career has progressed. I honestly would not be anywhere else.

A bit about me

When not working, I enjoy spending time taking walks in my neighborhood, making a mess in the kitchen baking or in the garden, and listening to podcasts or audio books.