About Sara

I have an optimistic and encouraging approach to my work with clients.  I believe people heal and recover from disturbing, traumatic and difficult life experiences in their pursuit of healthy living. My approach is reflective of the unique needs of a particular client, couple or family.  Through a supportive, collaborative and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship, clients gain new insights and strategies for themselves and their partnership.  I have found that those who commit themselves to understanding their life experiences, and pursue their emotional healing and health, find deeper meaning and understanding of their world, and of the people with which they share it. 

Experience

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice.

Facilitator and Consultant with the Parnell Institute.

Former Instructor and Clinical Supervisor in the Graduate Counseling Program at St. Mary's College.

Clinical Supervisor of Marriage and Family Therapist Interns.

Workshop presenter specializing in trauma.

Previous experiences includes teaching and working as a Crisis Counselor in public schools.

Training and Specializations

Certified and an Approved Consultant in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a psychotherapy treatment that is proven effective for treating emotional difficulties that are caused by disturbing, difficult or traumatic life events. 

Trained in Collaborative Couples Therapy, John Gottman's Couples Therapy, Imago Couples Therapy, Attachment Theory, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.  I utilize a variety of approaches with couples to best meet their unique needs. I can help couples communicate and resolve conflict, which allows them to build a healthy relationship.

I have specialized training and have worked with many families and individuals who have been part of the adoption process. This includes adoptive parents, birth parents and individuals who have been adopted.

I train Graduate Counseling Students, Attorneys, Health Professionals, and Educators in Communication Skills.

Education and Credentials

Masters Degree, with Honors, in Counseling Psychology, St. Mary's College

Bachelors Degree in Sociology, University of California at Davis

California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, St. Mary's College

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC#51356

Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), East Bay Chapter of CAMFT, EMDRIA, Parnell Institute, Board of Behavioral Sciences