Sarah Tolvaisa LPC, Counseling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103

Sarah Tolvaisa


Sarah Tolvaisa


Professions: Counselor, Psychotherapist, Licensed Professional Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: LPC - PC009404
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Carebridge EAP
  • UnitedHealthcare
Evening Availability


1819 JFK Blvd
Suite #302
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

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My Approach to Helping

I understand that seeking therapy can be daunting, and I view therapy as a holistic process, striving to provide a warm, empathic, and accepting atmosphere, to support clients who are committed to making lasting change. I am Licensed Professional Counselor, and have extensive clinical experience working with individuals and couples struggling with relationship issues, trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, thought disorders, low self-esteem, grief/loss, and questions of identity.

I received my Master of Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2011, and since then have undergone continued training specializing in trauma-informed approaches. I operate from a trauma-informed perspective recognizing that many people have had or currently experience trauma. I understand the need for emotional safety and trustworthiness in a therapist and work with clients to regain a sense of empowerment in their lives. My preferred treatment modality is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, through which I help couples and individuals stop fighting against the pain of their past, and build a rich and meaningful life.

I strongly believe that every person holds the capacity for growth, and can benefit from a trusting and supportive therapist to help them acknowledge and ignite that ability within themselves. I consider the client as the expert in their life and trust that a positive client/therapist relationship is key to facilitating change. Through a safe and professional relationship, the therapist can help the client deeply examine his or her life, and identify areas for change. Utilizing individualized treatment plans, I help clients develop goals tailored to their specific needs, and identify coping and management strategies to help clients regain a sense of control in life.

Services I Provide

  • Clinical Supervision
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Adults


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Communication Problems
  • Depression
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Parenting
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Shame
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Worthlessness

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
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