“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another” – William James.
I walk alongside my clients as they learn to choose between cognitions that lead to emotional distress and cognitions that give them a choice. Most individuals experience challenges with their thoughts that lead to distressing emotions and problematic behaviors. Helping individuals change the relationship they have with their thoughts, can lead to a more fulfilling life. As your partner in your mental health journey, I’m here to encourage the use of present-moment awareness, healthy coping skills, and commitment to action.
My primary method of treatment is Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is considered a behavioral therapy that attends to cognitions (thoughts); helping individuals recognize unhealthy relationships they may have with their thoughts and how they lead to internal struggles against themselves. Through the use of mindfulness practices (present-moment awareness), defusion techniques (creates distance between thoughts and emotions), and acceptance skills (learning to embrace thoughts and difficult feelings), I seek to help you accept difficult thoughts and emotions, while encouraging you to create a life you value.
I also use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) when treating clients. DBT is also a behavioral therapy that focuses on cognitions. The goal of DBT is to reduce client suffering, regulate emotions, and improve personal relationships by developing dialectical thinking and practical skills.
My educational training includes a Master of Arts from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I completed my internship at Linden Oaks Hospital, working primarily with the Adult Anxiety Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) where the primary treatment method was ACT and DBT. During my time there, I treated adults struggling with anxiety disorders, depression and mood disorders, body image issues, life stress, and academic stress.
Empathy, patience, and compassion are essential in building trust with clients. Together, they are the impetus of true change. For this reason, I strive to create an environment that is warm, inviting and nonjudgmental, where an individual can feel a sense of safety and security as they pursue change.
Sara is the best therapist I have ever been to. I was able to speak to her easily, which I have never been easy for me to do with other therapists I have seen. I recommend anyone who is looking for counseling to see her!AG!