“Therapy doesn’t have to be boring or rigid”
Welcome to Lighthouse Therapy LLC. My name is Sherri Webster and I am glad you found me.
Why the name, “Lighthouse Therapy”?
I grew up in a small town with a lighthouse and that lighthouse became my guide. I would always go there when I needed to find peace. I still do. There is something calming and grounding about being in the presence of a historical brick lighthouse, hearing the waves, and feeling the sand under your feet. A lighthouse is a symbol of hope and security. It provides guidance and assists with navigation. Lighthouses were prominent throughout my life and I appreciate that symbolism. I see my role in the therapeutic process much like the lightkeeper’s role: provide guidance, affirm safety and be a light in the darkness.
What led you to become a therapist?
To be honest, this is never where I expected life to take me. I’ve changed career goals many times throughout my life. I’ve wanted to be everything from a pastry chef to a teacher to a lawyer to an artist. I’m actually still holding onto the “artist” dream. One subject that was constant throughout all of school was psychology so I ended up changing my major not really sure what I wanted. Despite various setbacks with other majors, I was able to graduate with a BA in Psychology in 2013. My goal at that point was to work toward a masters in school guidance counseling. However, my final paper for my BA required me to interview someone in the field and somehow I was linked to an LCSW. That interview changed my whole life and I immediately knew I was heading in the wrong direction. I started looking at MSW programs and applied to Rutgers University the next day. I was accepted and began classes in 2013 and graduated with my MSW in 2016. Looking back, I can’t imagine doing anything else right now.
What are your credentials?
I graduated in 2016 with my MSW from Rutgers University. I am currently licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New Jersey and in Delaware. In Maryland, I am Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical (LCSW-C). I am a board approved supervisor in Maryland and I am currently only able to supervise provisionally licensed therapists in Maryland. I hope to add the ability to supervise in New Jersey and Delaware in early 2023. I am currently working on a trauma certification from Rutgers New Jersey which should be finished sometime in 2023.
What is it like working with me?
Your first session is an opportunity for both of us to see if we are a good fit. Your comfort is important to me and impacts your engagement in this process. Therefore, I strive to give you a client-centered, non-judgmental space. I will make this space safe, confidential, professional and ethical. We will work together to verbalize and create your treatment plan. We will then work together to reach those goals. Every session and every interaction will be different. Some sessions may even be full of laughter and fun. Therapy doesn’t have to be boring or rigid. I like to incorporate humor into my sessions when appropriate. Sometimes laughter truly is the best medicine. Therapeutic interventions might include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) or Motivational Interviewing (MI). I also pull information to be shared from other interventions and evidence based treatments.