“I strive to create a safe, warm, and supportive space focused on meeting your needs and goals. I use a client-centered and collaborative approach to provide you with an experience of growth and healing.”
Sarah specializes in working with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced all types of trauma including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse.
Sarah has a background in working with community organizations in both DC and Chicago, providing individual and group therapy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Additionally, she has a background in managing and leading dance and yoga to teach social and emotional skills to individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Other Skills and Experiences
Sarah is a 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher and has experience teaching yoga to marginalized populations and has training and experience in teaching trauma-informed yoga.
She has contributed to several written pieces about mental health, including “The Physical Symptoms of Mental Illness.“
Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Dance from Skidmore College and received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Chicago.
For more information, to schedule an appointment or to contact Sarah directly, she can be reached via email.
First Meeting Documents
In preparation for the first visit, you will be asked to fill out the following forms:
Each of our Clinical Associates is a licensed practitioner. As required by licensure, treatment under a licensed practitioner is confidential. This form explains limitations to that confidentiality required by licensure. It also outlines the collaborative nature of the therapeutic relationship and co-responsibility for treatment outcomes.
Financial Agreement This form outlines The Viva Center’s financial policies. Here at Viva, we offer special accommodations to assist with cash flow and to simplify payments. As a professional courtesy, clients opting to pay with a credit card are not billed until the end of the month, although fees are technically due at the time of service. This allows time for insurance to send reimbursement closer to the time of payment.
This form serves 2 purposes: It helps to capture the baseline experience when beginning treatment, allowing for an opportunity to take stock of current status. It also helps the clinician gather important background information without taking extra time in the first session. The first page of this form is required, and the others are supplemental. It is fine to exercise the decision to leave out any areas of the form. Please keep in mind any areas elected not to be disclosed at this time may be relevant to treatment outcomes.
Credit Card Authorization Form
This form is only required if electing to use a credit card to pay for services. Conveniently, this form only needs to be filled out once and is stored securely. Payment with cash or checks is also accepted.