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

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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 and to help you 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. For more information please visit

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.

The best way to schedule an appointment with me is to text my cell phone at 201-694-1945. Please be mindful that confidentiality cannot be 100% assured while using text and e-mail as means of communication, however I take every measure to keep my phone and computer secure as both devices are locked and my fingerprint andor a password is required to unlock my devices.

Alternatively, you can also schedule an appointment with me through my colleague Dr. Khodik's ZocDoc page using the below link and instructions:
If you are scheduling via ZocDoc, please pay special attention to the office location and time of day you choose to book your appointment. There are multiple office locations listed, please book your appointment at the 440 West Street, **SUITE 312** (NOT suite 313), Fort Lee, NJ location. Additionally, please book during the below time frames only. If you book at another time or location, you will scheduling an appointment with a different clinician:
Tuesdays: 12:00 PM- 9:00 PM (last appointment at 8:00 PM)
Wednesdays: 12:00 PM- 5:00 PM (last appointment at 4:00 PM)
Thursdays: 12:00 PM- 8:00 PM (last appointment at 7:00 PM)
Please go to our practice's website using the following link: and select "book online" on the horizontal menu bar.

Thank you for selecting me as your therapist. I am excited to begin your transformative therapeutic journey together! :)

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

Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Trauma, Body ImageSelf-Esteem Concerns, Relationship Conflicts, Life Transitions, LGBTQ+ population, adolescent population, college-aged population & special concerns (extensive experience), 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 adolescents, college students (extensive experience), young adults, and millennials. I have specific expertise in treating anxiety disorders, OCD, panic, and phobias, perfectionism, relationship conflicts, eating disordersbody image issues, self-esteem issues, and trauma. Additionally, I have post-graduate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) CBT and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT DBT training and enjoy working with the LGBTQ population.

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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