Sarah has her Master’s degree and advanced doctoral studies in Marriage and Family Therapy. Sarah works with children/adolescents, families, and couples; specializing in attachment, children and adults with interpersonal trauma, such as but not limited to assault, domestic violence, interpersonal violence, incest, abuse, neglect, and betrayals. She has specialized training in treating PTSD. In Sarah’s opinion, the experiences of oppression and stigmatization are also forms of complex trauma and she works with this from a trauma from a culturally-sensitive standpoint.
As a systems therapist, Sarah values a collaborative approach when working with clients in co-creating and maintaining a sense of safety and openness to work through life stressors, together. She believes change occurs through relationships and that the connection created can bring us all toward greater healing and being the best version of ourselves we can be.
Sarah’s trainings and certifications include Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and 2nd level training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, a specialized model for working with children having attachment issues. She has presented at national and local conferences and has published literature within the mental health field on the impact of trauma. Sarah has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Syracuse University, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute as well as lecturing at Syracuse University and Ithaca College on topics of attachment, trauma, and PTSD. Her goal is to de-pathologize the impact of traumatic experiences for clients.
Sarah is theoretically informed by Interpersonal Neurobiology, Bowen Family Systems, Collaborative Change Model, Narrative, Experiential, Trauma, and Attachment Theories.