Availability – Friday mornings and afternoons, Noe Valley
“There is a crack in everything/that’s how the light gets in” (Leonard Cohen).
Challenging times in our lives can sometimes feel endless and are often painful. With help, these ‘cracks’ can provide opportunities for healing, change and more intentional connection to yourself, others and the world around you. Whatever your reasons for seeking help, I will greet you with warmth, authenticity and compassion. I work collaboratively with you throughout the process and provide a safe, nonjudgmental place to address the challenges you are facing. Some of the areas we can work on include: trauma, eating disorders, body image, depression, anxiety, gender and sexuality concerns, relationship issues, addiction and recovery concerns.
How I work
My style is warm, authentic and compassionate. I work collaboratively with you throughout the process and provide a safe, nonjudgmental place to address the challenges you are facing. I am a strengths-based and psychodynamic psychotherapist, using integrated methods depending on your needs and concerns. My training offers consideration of attachment styles and needs, object relations and self-psychology. When more behaviorally-focused interventions are desired or needed I also incorporate CBT and DBT. For couples, I draw on my psychodynamic training and the Gottman Method in our work together. Couples therapy can offer new skills and insights to help couples manage conflict differently, move beyond gridlock, strengthen friendship and intimacy, and create sustainable change that ultimately lasts outside of sessions and beyond the therapy together.
I believe that changes can and do happen with intentional effort and commitment to the therapy process. I am equally committed to providing a positive working relationship and a respective environment where you can authentically address the difficulties you are facing. Together, therapy can be a transformative experience for creating new skills and insights to help you manage conflict differently, strengthen your sense of self, increase intimacy and connection and create lasting, sustainable change.
License & Education
● Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW76315
● Master of Social Work, Smith College School of Social Work, Massachusetts
● Bachelor of Arts, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
Training & Clinical Experience
My clinical work experience includes school-based mental health services at the middle school and high school levels, case management and therapy services for youth involved in the San Francisco juvenile justice system and outpatient therapy services for adults, families, teens and couples. I have several years of experience working with teens and adult women with eating disorders at various levels of care including residential treatment, PHP/IOP (partial hospitalization program and intensive outpatient program) and outpatient. I have completed Level 2 training in the Gottman Couples Therapy Method and draw on my psychodynamic training and the Gottman Method in my work with couples.
● Member of National Association of Social Workers
● Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
● Member of International Association for Social Work with Groups
“Sarah has single handed changed my life. She is one of the most thoughtful, compassionate, and smartest people I’ve ever met. I came to Sarah broken — a shell of who I am and who I want to be, and she has helped me look inside and bring that person back to life. This type of work is so hard, progress is not linear, and we live in a culture that breaks us down constantly. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for Sarah and I am thankful each and every day that I found Evolve and miraculously got matched with her.” –Anonymous client testimonial