Sarah Saffian, LMSW, MFA

Sarah Saffian, LMSW, MFA

Professions: Coaching, Counseling, Psychotherapy
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LMSW - 092184
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1-800-651-8085 ext. 26313
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Office 1
New York City, New York 10010 - United States
Office 2
Brooklyn, New York 11217 - United States

Billing and Insurance

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $100-$175 per 45-minute session

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I counsel people individually and in groups, with empathy, clarity, and humor. My hybrid style is mindful and practical, and infused with unconditional positive regard for you. I consider myself another person in the room, not a blank slate, and the two of us as a team, working together through what's coming up for you as you navigate your way toward greater peace and fulfillment.

I come to therapy from a writing and teaching background. I published a memoir, Ithaka, teach memoir-writing at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and Sarah Lawrence, and work one-on-one as a writing coach.

Drawing upon my varied experiences and interests, I've created an approach to therapy that I call Therapeutic Writing. When appropriate, I encourage groups and individuals to use memoir exercises to deepen self-reflection, processing of issues, and discovery. With individuals, these writing exercises can serve as springboards for exploration in session; with groups, I alternate between on-the-spot periods of writing and discussion about what emerges.

Imagining what it is like to be someone other than oneself is at the core of our humanity. -- Ian McEwan

Email or Call Sarah Saffian, LMSW, MFA at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 26313

More Info About My Practice

I see clients in Manhattan (Chelsea, East Village, Upper East Side); and in Brooklyn (Park Slope).

Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed

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Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Coaching
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Creative Arts Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Adoption constellation, women, young adults

Client Concerns Within Your Scope of Practice

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Career Choice
  • Communication Problems
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Fertility Issues
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Identity Issues
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Perfectionism
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy /REBT
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Constellations
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)

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