About Sarah

Sarah Birnbach

In 2016 I began my “encore career” as a writer and author following three successful careers. As Vice President of a large commercial bank in Washington, D.C., I managed 82 employees. As a licensed clinical social worker, I provided therapy in a juvenile and domestic relations court, working with families who were involved in the court system for domestic assault, custody and visitation disputes, or adolescents in trouble with the law. As a human resource management consultant, I followed my passion to help individuals and organizations achieve peak performance. In each of my professions, my goal was to enable individuals to become their best selves and enable organizations to stand out from their competitors. Each of those careers brought me in touch with extraordinary people.

My educational background equipped me for those successes. I have a Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University with a major in sociology. I went on for an M.B.A. from American University with a major in human resources. And in keeping with my desire to help others succeed, I went on for further education, attaining a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland and ultimately becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Along the way, I received my credential as a Certified Journal Therapist and Certified Journal Facilitator from the Center for Journal Therapy (https://journaltherapy.com), the premier center for teaching others to use the power of writing for healing, growth and change. As somone who has journaled since adolescence, it seemed only natural that my next path would expand my writing life.

I am honored to say that my writing received early recognition from the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition (https://sarahbirnbach.com/recognitions-and-rewards), a community arts outreach program of the National League of American Pen Women. My writings have also been recognized by the Women’s National Book Association, Bethesda Magazine, Talking Writing magazine, the JOFA Journal (the journal of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance) and the Michigan Jewish Historical Society.

I am looking forward to the publication of my memoir, A Daughter’s Final Gift: A Year of Devotion and Healing in May 2022.  And I have already begun sketching the format for a historical non-fiction work about my father’s front-line infantry experience in Germany during World War II.