Sara Pasternak MS, LSW, LMSW, Coaching in Fort Lee, New Jersey, 07024

Sara Pasternak


Sara Pasternak


Professions: Life Coach, Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LSW - 44SL06267400


440 West St
Suite 312
Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024
100 Challenger Rd
Suite 401
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey 07660

My Approach to Helping

In the therapy room, I aim to create a safe and confidential space for self-exploration, emotional healing, personal transformation, and self-understanding and discovery. My therapeutic style is collaborative, empathetic, non-judgemental and extremely supportive. I use an eclectic approach, blending evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivation Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy. I am a results-driven, solution-focused therapist that stays abreast the most current research. My primary goal is to help you find happiness and peace, thrive and solve the problems that brought you to therapy as quickly as possible.

More Info About My Practice

I work at Avita Integrative Care, a comprehensive, collaborative mental health group practice.

Education & Credentials: I am a licensed therapist in the states of NY, NJ and CT. I received my graduate degree at Columbia University and have post-graduate training in modalities such as CBT and DBT.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Trauma, Body Image/Self-Esteem Concerns, Relationship Conflicts, Life Transitions, etc.

How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist

I struggled with crippling anxiety in my late teens and early 20s. I had severe social and performance anxiety and was a complete perfectionist. Additionally, I was preoccupied with losing weight and being thin. When I was about to graduate college, I started having 3-6 panic attacks daily. During these attacks, I felt physical symptoms that led me to believe that I might faint or have a heart attack and die. I saw several professionals but none could help and I felt hopeless. Eventually, I connected with a therapist who taught me how to manage my anxiety and change my relationship with my thoughts. Cured and inspired, I returned to school to become a therapist and help others. My personal experience makes me extremely passionate about helping those with panic and anxiety disorders. I understand first-hand how hard it can be to live with anxiety and am extremely hopeful that I can help those who are suffering from this condition.

Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Chemical Dependency Evaluation
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Legal Documentation
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Psychological Evaluation

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults


  • English

Groups I Work With

    I specialize in treating children, adolescents, college students, young adults, and millennials. I have specific expertise in treating anxiety disorders, OCD, panic, and phobias, perfectionism, relationship conflicts, eating disorders/body image issues, self-esteem issues, and trauma. Additionally, I have post-graduate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) CBT and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT DBT training.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Narcissism
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Oppositional and Defiant Behavior in Children and Teen
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Art Therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Body-Mind Psychotherapy
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Drama Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Holistic Psychotherapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT)
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • Wilderness Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy
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