My Approach to Helping
Hello! My name is Sarah and I’m a therapist who works with adults and emerging adults using a psychodynamic approach (looking at how the past effects the present), while also being mindful of the intersection of thoughts and feelings (CBT & DBT), to allow for relief from emotional pain. I work with individuals who want to improve their relationships, further explore themselves and the roles they play in their world, trauma, women’s issues, anxiety, and individuals who are currently dealing with life transitions.
Trauma has lingering effects that we sometimes aren't even aware of, such as anxiety, depression, irritability, feeling "on edge" or fearful often, and all of these symptoms and more are exhausting. When these difficult experiences interfere with your ability to enjoy life, it can be hard to figure out what to do, and we can feel stuck. I'd like to help you find ways to come back to yourself; to find more ease and safety in your world, and to feel like you have more control over how your past impacts you now.
Relationships are some of the most difficult things that we do as humans, and this is also where we develop our sense of who we are and whether that feels good and authentic, or painful and anxiety-provoking. If you are struggling with finding a voice or space for yourself in your relationships, feeling seen and heard, or being able to attach and trust, we can work together to improve your sense of self and overall satisfaction within your relationships.
Did you had an invalidating childhood, or other neglectful or painful issues during your upbringing that you feel are still affecting the way you move around in your life today? It is so common for us to struggle with the idea that we should “get over” difficulties from our past. However, the more we understand past hurts and sensitivities, the more able we are to have a sense of control in our current lives. If we don’t know what is driving our emotional responses, we cannot change how we react to them. We will work together to allow you to feel like you can exist with less pain and suffering and overall greater ease in your world.
Struggling with anxiety impacts almost all areas of life. Whether anxiety is creating problems for you at work, in your relationships, or with your health, you are likely tired - tired of of carrying its weight, exhausted from the emotional drain, and would like to lessen the ways that it creates struggle for you. I utilize evidence-based strategies such as CBT & DBT which are rooted in changing the way that we relate to the thoughts and feelings related with anxiety, which in turn affects our actions and behaviors. We can look at where your anxiety is rooted, and work on changing or amending belief systems and behaviors that keep you stuck in these patterns.
We all go through very difficult times where it just feels like the problems keep piling up. If you are noticing signs of feeling anxious or depressed, you may need some additional support in finding ways to manage the stressors in your life. I use cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapies to assist you in learning lasting ways to manage the thoughts and feelings that often go along with stressful situations. Using these cognitive restructuring techniques, you can learn how your emotions, thoughts and reactions all work together, and how you can make changes so that they actually work FOR you!