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Sarah provides client-centered counseling in a warm, comfortable environment. Sarah believes in developing a true bond with each client over time – a supportive relationship allows for optimum growth to achieve personal goals. Working together, Sarah and her clients address emotions and decisions while navigating a life change or difficult experience, interpersonal relationships, to look at patterns of responding or clarify life goals. Children often work out their concerns best by play therapy. My small groups are a fun way to address kids’ social skills, anxiety, anger or grief. Short-term counseling can set you on a course to meaningful change. Some wish to delve further into key life experiences to examine any effects on patterns of responding today.
Born in Oakland, Sarah completed undergraduate degree at UCLA in Cognitive Sciences with a specialization in Computing, and a PHD in Psychology at UCSB. After which she completed a post doc at UCSF in the Psychiatry Department at Langley Porter, and worked as the Research Director at Seneca Center for Children and Families. Then Sarah completed a MA at the Wright Institute in Berkeley.
In a supportive environment, Sarah works with clients differently depending on their style and goals. Some clients want ways to regulate emotion, make important decisions, etc. While others want help for their depression, anxiety, bereavement, life transitions, or any number of reasons for which having find a supportive environment can create positive change.
Sarah offers both individual and group counseling for both adults and children. Children tend to work things out through play. Sarah loves to work with children & families to achieve specific goals through play.
“Romantic love is not the least bit illogical or random. It is the continuation of an ordered and wise recipe for survival. We now have a map that can guide us in creating, healing and sustaining love. This is a consummate breakthrough.” -Dr. Sue Johnson
When working with couples Sarah uses a specific approach to psychotherapy called Emotionally Focused Therapy. Through Emotionally Focused Therapy Sarah can help clients improve their individual emotional states as well as interpersonal relationships.