Sarah (“Sel”) earned both her degree and certificate in Addiction Studies with highest honors from PCC. She has a diverse range of experiences within the helping field, providing memory and directed care to elderly clients as a certified caregiver in Arizona, as well as studying nursing. Locally, Sel has volunteered as an ESL tutor in Washington county for adult students from multiple countries, as a hospice volunteer serving veterans and others approaching end-of-life, as a youth mentor for refugee families through Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and has served with Backline as a peer trainer and talk line advocate, working with women and others exploring pregnancy and parenting options.
Sel is a passionate advocate for those navigating substance addictions, as well as the complex process of building long-term sobriety. Sel recognizes the importance of autonomy and sustainability within defining one’s own recovery as it relates to destructive patterns of self-soothing behavior. She is especially drawn to serving clients within marginalized populations, and those with histories of trauma, stigma and discrimination. She wholeheartedly resonates with our mission at Quest to empower people, nurture community, and promote health and wellbeing. In her spare time, Sel loves to travel, especially anywhere close to the water, music, art, poetry, coffee, antiquing, and also enjoys occasional work as a freelance writer and editor.