I understand the bravery and vulnerability required when beginning therapy and hope to make folks feel safe, understood, and welcome!
Mental Health Counselor in Spokane, WA
There are many different kinds of anxiety and levels of severity. I specialize in all anxiety —from generalized anxiety to specific phobias! I love teaching individuals about anxiety, what is happening in the brain, body symptoms and how to cope with it.
Family conflict can have some long term effects on an individuals relationships with the self and others! Learning to communicate effectively, establish and enforce boundaries and nurture healthy relationships is both very hard to learn and important to creating a fulfilling life. Anxiety and OCD also run in families, and recovery needs to be supported by the sufferer's family.
I love working with people on managing OCD. Understanding OCD and finding therapists skilled in effective treatments is so important. I use a variety of approaches when treating OCD and OC-Spectrum that are very effective! Life can get so much better and you’re not alone!
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the gold standard of treatment for Anxiety & OCD. It is highly effective treatment. Most people in outpatient therapy need time to build trust and safety before learning how to do this kind of treatment. ERP is a behavioral model that prioritizes habituation to stressors. ERP is great to use on generalized anxiety and specific phobias, too!
Sarah has a background in art therapy and integrates it as appropriate. Sometimes words just don’t communicate what is felt and images can. Art therapy can provide healing and safe exploration for growth.
ACT can provide some really helpful strategies for dealing with anxiety, depression and identity issues. It’s also important to pair this style of therapy with mindfulness training and self-compassion work.
Inference-based CBT has over 20 years of research and is an emerging model in the US. ICBT thinks about OCD differently than other therapy models in that it posits obsessions and the faulty reasoning process as what drives the OCD cycle. Intrusive thoughts are not random, they are constructed, which means you can learn to de-construct OCD. It is highly effective at treating OCD and is more of a cognitive model. You can read more about it here: https://icbt.online/what-is-icbt/