Welcome

“In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity” -Albert Einstein

 

Choosing a therapist can be daunting.  There are so many unknowns and what ifs.

 

The last thing you want to happen is to choose a therapist that isn’t a great fit.

 

I’m going to take this opportunity to tell you who I am and how I practice with the hopes of not wasting your time.

 

Who I am

  • Honest
  • Active
  • Humorous
  • Calm

 

Who I am NOT

  • Passive
  • Quiet
  • Focused on symptom management or reduction
  • Woo Woo (using crystal deodorant, healing chakras)

 

If you want someone who uses humor, actively engages in problem solving, has a strong calming presence, and doesn’t take shit from anyone, then I am your gal.

 

Here is some background about me.  I grew up in the rural mountains of North Carolina.

 

I know what it’s like to be considered an outsider and to feel like I didn’t fit into a particular community.  These past experiences fuel my fire as a social justice warrior.

 

I also learned how to survive in an unforgiving environment.  We would be out of power for a week during harsh winter storms.  This is before the internet and like that would help anyway there’s no damn power!

 

I pride myself on being tough and resilient during times of stress.  I love teaching these skills to my clients.

 

I am a fighter and don’t shy away from conflict.  That’s why I love couples and families dealing with conflict.

 

I am raising a bicultural family.  I have two kids, one girl and one boy.  My husband is from Germany.  

 

Raising a family is hard let alone trying to honor traditions from two culturally different parents.  It’s also hard to choose to raise your kids differently than the way you were raised.

 

I hope I can help families that are walking similar paths.

 

Why Families?

 

I first got interested in psychology by watching guest therapists do their “magic” on talk shows like Sally Jesse Raphael.

 

I love reading books and watching movies/shows on fucked up families.  Families fascinate me!

 

I value family which is why I was drawn (destined?) to become a family therapist.

 

What Family Therapy is Not

  • Families come in each week getting into screaming fights, throwing chairs (Jerry, Jerry)! and feeling even more helpless before starting therapy.
  • Me as the therapist threatening family members with exile or treatment programs (Thanks InterventionTM!)
  • Me solving all the family’s problems and wrapping things up with a neat little bow like most 90’s sitcoms.  (I am not Dr. Jason Seaver)

 

What Family Therapy is

  • Me holding space for families to safely talk about issues and problem solve
  • Families getting real with each other which increases emotional intimacy
  • Me providing insight and guidance to help families get out of negative cycles

 

One-Stop Shop

 

One of the benefits of working with a family therapist is we’re trained to do couples, individual, and family work.

 

I don’t believe each family member needs their own therapist.

 

This ain’t Oprah’s favorite things-”you get a therapist! And you get a therapist!” 

 

I want to save you time and money by offering different modes of treatment.  However, I will make recommendations for an outside therapist if the situation calls for it.  

 

Jeez, enough about me, let’s turn to you…

 

Clients I Work Best With

 

  • Older Millennials/Gen Xers (younger folks don’t get my pop culture references and Boomers treat me like their kid)
  • Talkative/likes to talk things out
  • Curious about your past and how it affects you now
  • On the anxious side up to having an anxiety disorder
  • Enjoys questioning authority and bucking the system ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽
  • Done with family drama
  • Planning a family or currently raising a family

 

One more thing…

 

But Sarah, Teletherapy Isn’t Real Therapy!

 

This was my exact thought in March of 2020 when I switched to doing therapy online for the first time in my career.  I thought teletherapy was bullshit and a massive waste of time.

 

I am happy to eat those words now.  Teletherapy offers privacy, convenience, and comfort.

 

No longer do you have to wait in a waiting room and potentially run into someone you know.  You don’t have to sit in traffic for hours traveling to my office.  Hell, I don’t have to sit in traffic traveling to my office! (Ah the joys of living in the Bay Area!)

 

You get to feel comfortable in your own comfy chair rather than my version of comfort ie the therapist’s couch.

 

You can come to appointments a little late after a quick reminder from yours truly rather than being charged a no show fee AND missing your session for the week.

 

Hold up, I’m going to nerd out for a minute, bare with me…

 

Research shows teletherapy is just as effective as in person/traditional therapy.  It’s here to stay and the safest way to do therapy during a deadly pandemic.

 

If you still want in person therapy I don’t blame you (I miss seeing clients in person) but if you’re willing to try something new give it a shot.

 

Ready to try something new and different?!  Stop Googling and contact me today!