Sara Minges, B.A., M.S., Founder
Founder of Playful Awareness, Sara has 21 years of experience helping parents and families let go of emotional pain and create happy, joyful lives. Her specialty areas include parent-child relationships, setting boundaries in complex family relationships, ADD/ADHD coaching, surviving and thriving in blended families, suicide prevention, loving your life story, work/life balance, and creating a life worth living.
Raised in Lincoln, NE, Sara moved to Tennessee in 1996 to pursue her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Following graduation, she worked as a Respite Counselor at Ridgeview Resources for Living and became a volunteer for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Knoxville.
In 2003, Sara relocated to Kansas City to be close to her extended family. Sara worked as a case manager and group facilitator at foster care agencies and community organizations supporting at risk families while pursuing her master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Avila University, a private university in Kansas City.
After becoming a licensed therapist and working for a community mental health center, Sara created Playful Awareness, a parent coaching and play therapy practice. Seeing a need for co-parent coaching, consultation, and education, and wanting to help more families, Sara traded in her license for the freedom and flexibility of traveling and helping families across the world.
On a personal note, Sara understands the complexities of families and loyalty bonds. Her mother struggled with severe mental health issues for decades, and her older brother was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was six months old. As a result, Sara's superpowers of empathy, vulnerability, and compassion for others have been fine-tuned and hyper-developed.
Sara lives in East Nashville with her two ginger cats, Honey and Tazzy. She's often found performing poetry at open mics, listening to a live band, or checking out an art gallery with friends.
“Sara is great! I’m really grateful to know such a kind spirit who always leads by example.
Her coaching is a reflection of who she is as a person, a remarkable human being.”
-Allen Little, TedX Speaker, 2020 #1 Rated Life Coach in Kansas City
“Sara is the best! She has an energy about what she does that is warm and funand great for children and adults alike. I couldn’t recommend her any higher.”
- Bryan O’Connor, 2014
“Sara is one of the most compassionate people
I have ever met. Her attentiveness, professionalism
and empathy are evident in both her public
presentations and individual sessions.”