Welcome to Well Acquainted … a weekly series dedicated to the amazing staff at Well Clinic
This week, we’re featuring a Q&A session with Sarah Dunn – a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at Well Clinic.
Where did you grow up?
Los Angeles, California.
What’s your favorite quote
“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”
What’s your favorite part about your work?
Getting to hear people’s stories. It is a privilege to be let in on the lives of others and to have the opportunity to connect in a more profound way than otherwise possible. I find I learn a great deal about the human capacity for growth, change, and resilience.
What’s your favorite thing about San Francisco?
The juxtaposition of city life and the beautiful outdoors. I also love that after eight years of living here, there is still so much to discover.
What’s your favorite place you’ve ever been?
Greenland. It was unlike anywhere else I’d ever been. With tiny coastal towns, breathtaking glacial views, and culinary adventures like whale stir-fry, it felt otherworldly.
In your free time, what are you most likely doing?
Reading, running, baking, or crafting — most recently, trying to learn calligraphy.
Where was your last vacation?
What causes are you most passionate about?
I have spent a good portion of my career supporting youth in the foster care system, about which I care deeply. My work centered around identifying permanent caregivers and other long-lasting relationships, as well as advocating for the youth’s mental health and educational needs. I continue to serve as mentor for youth in the system and seek to stay involved in that work always.
What was your career before becoming a mental health practitioner?
I’ve been working in mental health for over eight years. I’ve worked in school settings, a residential facility for teens, and in community-based mental health programs.
What is your favorite food?
Chocolate chip cookies or the cinnamon rolls at Devil’s Teeth Bakery. I have a serious sweet tooth.
What is your favorite book?
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara.
When are you at your most creative?
Whenever an opportunity for a little DIY presents itself!
Name one guilty pleasure, past or present.
Trashy television — namely Bravo Housewives and The Bachelorette.
Learn more about Sarah’s professional background as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Well Clinic