Sara Parnass MS, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapy in Encino, California, 91416

Sara Parnass


Sara Parnass


Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - 85606
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: Average cost (per session): $150 - $250 / 60 minutes
Free Initial Consultation


Encino, California 91416

My Approach to Helping

Recognizing that you need help and support does not come easily. You know yourself, your family, and your situation best. My approach is collaborative, and my hope is to come alongside you on your journey in order to better help you reflect on what has worked and what is currently working.

More Info About My Practice

Instead of providing therapy in an office, I provide therapy in the home. I find this method of treatment to be more beneficial because it allows me to see you in your most comfortable environment. I can also observe familial interactions and patterns of behavior that are not often present in an office setting. This allows me to have a clear idea of how to best support you and your family.

My Therapy Focus

Children experience stress or trauma for various reasons that result in them feeling confused or unsafe. Stress can occur from something as typical as a move, birth of a sibling, or starting school. It can also be as serious as death of a family member, exposure to violence, or experience of a natural disaster. How we cope and react with transitions can impact our child's sense of themselves and their felt safety in their relationship. My goal is to strengthen the bond between you and your child, to not only support short term changes in behavior, but also the long term patterns that will positively affect your relationship throughout your lives.

What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process

I recognize that it is difficult to seek help for yourself or your family and I applaud you in taking the first step. Therapy can be scary, especially when thinking about therapy for your children. I use playful approaches to serious problems as children use play as their way of exploring roles, learning, and expressing themselves. It is crucial to have parents be an active participant as your children learn from you and require your support in order to make progress. I also encourage a transparent and open dialogue about how the therapy process is going, so that I can best meet your needs and the needs of your family.

Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Home-Based Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6), Children (6 to 10), Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13), Parents, Families

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Bullying
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Communication Problems
  • Control Issues
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family Problems
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Irritability
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Physical Abuse
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Parent Work
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
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