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Therapy with Sara

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I'm passionate about helping clients find relief from anxiety and reconnect with their authentic selves post trauma. It's my greatest honor to join clients in their theraputic journey. 

Person Centered Approach

Being a human is messy and hard! My style is collaborative, compassionate and person centered. I help clients understand their experience in a non-patholigizing way. I tailor my work to each client as I believe that all individuals have different and intersecting identities which impact how they experience the world. As such, I provide a trauma informed, anti-racistpro-reproductive freedom, LGBTQ+ affirming, fat positive space.

Ease and Accessibility 

I believe that therapy should be accessible to everyone! That's why I offer evening and weekend appointments. I also offer both in person and virtual sessions. I am in network with most major insurances. While I currently do not have slots open for sliding scale clients, I'm happy to connect clients to providers who do.

Treating Anxiety + Trauma

My beliefs

My approach to treating anxiety and trauma is strengths based and de-pathologizing. I help clients understand how and why their brain and body respond to stressors. Together we identify existing skills and resources, then build new tools to manage symptoms. Often, I join clients in digging deep to understand how early attachment wounds and events may impact their view of themselves and the world. While the foundation of my approach is a warmhearted presence, I often draw from evidence-based treatments like CBT, ERP, DBT, ACT, IFS, and EFT.

I am trained in Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR. EMDR is a an evidence based modality that uses the brain’s natural healing processes to ease the symptoms of trauma-related concerns. TLDR; EMDR helps remove the emotional charge of a trauma so that you can remember the details of the event without the feelings of discomfort. SAFE EMDR is designed to specifically heal relational and complex trauma. 

Working with SAFE EMDR

I am trained in Somatic and Attachment Focused Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. EMDR is a an evidence based modality that uses the brain’s natural healing processes to ease the symptoms of trauma-related concerns. Unlike other trauma treatments you do not need to verbalize details of your traumatic experience in EMDR. It helps remove the emotional charge of a trauma so that you can remember the details of the event without the feelings of discomfort. SAFE EMDR was designed specifically for complex trauma treatment. 

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How do I know if I'd benefit from this kind of therapy?

Lived experience:

  • experiencing prolonged and/or repetitive traumatic events

  • harm caused by violence of systemic oppression

  • being a survivor of domestic violence or sexual assault

  • experiencing abuse, neglect or maltreatment as a child

  • whitnessing domestic violence as a child

  • being a child of an emotionally immature parent

  • being a child of a parent with addiction issues

  • experiencing displacement or food insecurity 

  • experiencing adultification (taking on adult/parental roles as a child)

  • adoption related trauma

  • birth or medical trauma  

  • chronic illness related trauma  

Symptoms:

  • experiencing big emotions that you struggle to control

  • feeling disconnected from your body/emotions

  • memory gaps or not recalling major events in your life

  • feeling excessive shame, guilt or worthlessness

  • feeling insecure, anxious or avoidant in romantic relationships

  • struggling to trust yourself or others

  • somatic symptoms not better explained by medical concerns

  • experiencing flashbacks, nightmares or dissociation 

  • a loss of trust in the self or others

  • helplessness or frustration in the face of stressful situations

  • utilizing self harm or other harmful behaviors to soothe 

Are You Ready To Grow?

I consider it the greatest honor that clients allow me to join along side them in their lowest lows, highest highs and monotony of everyday life. Trauma and anxiety thrive in silence. But, you don't have to face them alone. We can take this journey boldly together.

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