Therapy with Sarah
Are there any philosophies or values that inform your work that I should know about?
The values I hold are communication and honesty. This is a no-judgement zone where you can speak freely and openly about what brings you in.
How much do you share about yourself during our time together and why?
I am discreet about my personal life, yet, if I feel information will help a client I will gladly share.
How participatory are you during sessions?
I do participate in sessions while balancing being an active listener to the client.
Do you assign homework, activities, or readings for me to do between sessions? Why or why not?
It varies on what the client needs at the time in treatment. Most homework based on reflection and application of skills learned in session.
How will our relationship be different than relationships I have with friends/loved ones?
This will be a professional relationship where the information you share will be held in confidence.
Is there ever a time when you would encourage me to leave or graduate? Or how do I know when it’s time to end or move on, or time to stay and explore more?
I encourage clients to graduate once they meet their goal that was set at the start of treatment. Moreover, I have also encouraged graduation after a 3 month period when a client is no longer is crisis and is coping in a healthier way.
Where did you work before going into private practice?
I was a full time social worker for Jewish Board Family & Children Services
Have you received any particular training beyond your post-Bachelor’s training?
I’ve received my master’s in social work and have completed numerous Evidence-Based-Practice trainings.
What led you to become a mental healthcare practitioner?
What lead me to the field of social work was a desire to go below the surface and truly help individuals and families learn tools to overcome their hardships.
What is the best part of the work for you?
The best part of the work is equipping clients with the tools to succeed and seeing them progress.
What is unique about the work you do, or how have you found your work to be different than your colleagues’?
I find that having positive therapeutic relationships with clients has helped the work I do. Clients feel empowered, heard, trusted & validated, all leading to growth in their treatment.
How do you approach diversity in the room or working with clients who may come from a different background than you?
I always put it on the table and let the client be the expert in their culture and background.
How can you tell if I am benefiting from working with you?
I have been able to tell that clients are benefiting from my treatment by seeing their inner growth—increase in tolerance, reflection around unhealthy habits, reports of healthy coping with overwhelm, etc.
How can you tell if I am feeling stuck, unseen, or unheard?
I can tell a client is stuck if they are avoidant, distant and, at times, dishonest about their feelings. Moreover, I can also tell when a client is feeling unseen or unheard by their body language and usage of words.
How long should I commit to being in therapy, at least in the beginning?
I would encourage a client to come to therapy for at least 3 months at the beginning.
How should I prepare for my first session with you?
I will send out documents prior to our first meeting, explaining all.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
Nothing needed at visit.
Do I need to be mindful of anything in particular while commuting to your office?
No, just be yourself and remember when you come in, it is your time.