“I know how challenging it can be to find the right therapist. That’s why I use a client-centered approach that allows you to move at a comfortable pace while continuously growing in the direction of recovery.”
Sara specializes in adults with attachment trauma, personality disorders, and complex PTSD. Clients with this background often need an extensive period of stabilization and skill building followed by the sensitive and compassionate processing of traumatic events. This is why she uses a combination of cognitive and behavior-based therapies and mind-body awareness to help clients build insight, develop new skills, change habits, and process trauma.
- EMDR Certification
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Play Therapy and Techniques Utilizing Creative Arts
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice Certification
- Motivational Interviewing
Previous Clinical Experience
She was previously the Senior Trauma Therapist at the DC Rape Crisis Center, where she provided individual and group therapy to adult survivors of sexual violence and supervised graduate students. She worked for several years with adults who have serious, persistent mental illness in both community and office settings.
Other Skills and Experiences
Sara is the author of After Trauma, a trauma blog on PsychCentral, one of the largest mental health web sites in the U.S.
Most recently, she lived in Accra, Ghana for 2 years, where she developed a behavior therapy program for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Sara completed both a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health in 2009. Her undergraduate degree was in Philosophy. She teaches a course on Cognitive Behavior Therapy at Catholic University of America School of Social Service and receives ongoing consultation to support her practice.
Professional Association Memberships
- EMDR International Association
- International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
- Greater Washington Society of Clinical Social Work
For more information, to schedule an appointment, or to contact Sara directly, she can be reached at 202-265-1000 ext. 102 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.