About Sara Whitehurst

Sara Whitehurst, MSSW is an Arkansas native who has lived in Memphis for over 15 years. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Memphis as well as her undergraduate degree in Social Work. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Sara’s professional experience include postpartum depression, anxiety, infertility, grief and substance abuse. 

Sara prefers a holistic approach to therapy, focusing not only on the mind but on the total person. She first starts treating the presenting problem and symptoms to help her client’s find stability and relief. Afterwards, she whole-heartedly believes in addressing the roots that the symptoms are stemming from. Sara believes if we don’t view and heal the root issues, one may struggle with the same problems over again in the future.

Sara has a passion for helping individuals discover or recover emotional freedom and live the joyous life they were designed to live regardless of their circumstances. Sara has a strong belief in this approach to therapy due to her own personal life experiences.

How did you get involved with Apple Seed’s?:

“Apple Seeds’ beautiful mission is directly in line with my passions, growth and experience. I have known and admired Beth’s work for many years. It was a seamless fit.”

Sara is married with a young son. Her personal interests include spending time with family and friends, nature, travel, cooking, photography and live music.

Tell us five fun facts about yourself:

1. I’ve been a vegetarian in my family for 20 years and I cook meat for my husband all the time.

2. I grew up in a little log cabin with barefoot summers.

3. Mary Oliver is my favorite poet.

4. I once swam in an ancient Mayan lagoon.

5. My Facebook page is 92% photos of my gorgeous son.

Clinical Experience and Community Involvement

Dana has been practicing since 2004 and has worked in community mental health centers, a residential addictions and mental health treatment center, and a full time private practice. Her expertise are addiction recovery, sexual abuse recovery, personality disorders, depression, anxiety, bi-polar, family codependency and relationship issues. Below are some of the facilities and centers where she has practiced.