I am licensed independent clinical social worker who works with adults, adolescents, couples, and families. My background includes over 12 years of clinical experience, including work as a mental health therapist in both community mental health and private practice settings, and as a child welfare social worker. My past experience allows me to provide skilled therapeutic support for clients with concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, divorce/family disruption, self-esteem, healing from trauma, spirituality, and professional transitions.

Although my training is broad, I have particular expertise in gender issues, particularly in supporting women’s mental health, adult development, and relationships. Another specialty is trauma. I worked extensively with individuals impacted by trauma in child welfare and community mental health settings. That experience, in conjunction with my completion of a certificate program in traumatic stress studies, allows me to provide effective support for trauma victims.

Finally, while I view myself foremost as a clinician, I have also completed a doctoral degree in human development and psychology. That training has allowed me the opportunity to work as an instructor for students on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. I frequently incorporate perspectives from my doctoral training that have clinical applications into my practice. My orientation to therapy is primarily cognitive-behavioral, but I also draw upon psychodynamic, relational-cultural, attachment, and adult development theories in my practice.
— Sara

Credentials

  • Doctorate in Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University Graduate School of Education (Ed.D.)

  • Master of Social Work, University of Washington

  • Massachusetts LICSW License #116414

  • Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

  • Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies, Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute


Selected Presentations/Speeches

  • Invited Presentation, Family Life in the Social Media Age: How Social Media Impacts Mental Health and Human Development (October 22, 2016) Search, Ponder, & Share (Local Social Media Conference)

  • Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Department of School and Counseling Psychology
    Courses Taught: Child Abuse, Neglect, and Trauma (Summer 2015 and 2016); Practicum in Mental Health Counseling (Summer 2015); Group Counseling, Children and Adolescents (Spring 2015)

  • Guest lecture, Gender Identity Development (February 27, 2013), Adolescent Development Course, Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Guest Lecture, Developmental Pathways: Re-framing Psychopathology as an Adaptation to Childhood Trauma (April 3, 2008). Childhood Trauma Course, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Contact

  • 617-417-8140

Payment Accepted

  •  Aetna

  • Beacon

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • Harvard Pilgrim

  • Tufts

  • United Behavioral Health

  • United Health Care

  • Self-Pay (I do have a sliding scale for those who are financially challenged)