"The mission of this practice is to provide authentic psychotherapy, life coaching and holistic care supporting people to create the fulfilling and happy lives they deserve."
-Sarah Dionne, MSW, LICSW
psychotherapist, life coach, certified Yoga instructor and founder of WHC
The Story Behind The Collaborative
Since I was young I battled bipolar disorder, OCD, eating disorders and a shameful body image. My life felt empty as I wandered the world in search of myself; from Europe to Japan, Florida to Maine, I tried to find happiness and relief... when I didn't find it, I felt hopeless. In 2004 I finally gave up my lonely battle and went to a treatment community in Florida for bulimia. It was there that I first discovered Yoga.
It was a small studio in Lakeworth, Florida. The windows were always open, the warm breeze flowed in around us, soft sounds of distant traffic and trains rattling by mingled with the peaceful music playing on the stereo. In that studio I finally began to discover myself.
As time went on and through cultivating my own healing in Yoga, I discovered how much I wanted to help other people who had suffered like me, which, in 2009, led me to Simmons College in Boston to study psychotherapy.
Since then I’ve worked with a lot of different people in a lot of different places. Through these experiences I began to clearly see what the mental health field lacked. It is so centered on treating the mind that it often leaves out the body and spirit, the essential components of Yoga.
The body and mind and spirit are not connected… they are one. We simply cannot address one aspect of the triad and expect to fully heal. When it comes to such things as healing anxiety, managing anger or treating an eating disorder, talking about it with a therapist is very helpful… to a point.
The inspiration for Whole Health Collaborative came suddenly in October, 2018. The vision was clear, a group of independent, interdisciplinary providers working together to create a holistic and peaceful environment for healing all aspects of the body, mind and spirit. The Universe conspired with me as things quickly fell into place. The Collaborative took full shape in August of 2019.
Now we are a busy practice of three talented psychotherapists. All of us offer different expertise and insight, all of us understand that the whole person must be considered to help him or her discover their own journey to personal growth.
The Collaborative is still growing and changing in beautiful ways with the loving support of the team, family and friends. We believe in our mission and hope that you will have the opportunity to visit us, to utilize the gifts we offer, and discover who you really are.
Continue to our individual pages to learn more about us and our specialties. Also, visit my blog, A View of Life, which has many entries about my own personal journey to healing.