Training and Therapeutic Approach
Sage is a clinical social worker, which means that she employs a bio-psycho-social model of treatment. The biopsychosocial model of treatment examines the person’s biology, psychology, social environment and systems in order to best intervene.
What distinguishes this model of treatment is that it is holistic and integrative. This social work model expects the clinician to go beyond one paradigm when looking at the treatment area/issue; for example just the psychological or biological. Sage is anchored in a psychodynamic orientation but uses many theories, paradigms and techniques to best help client’s achieve their goals. The approach includes but is not limited to psychodynamic, interpersonal neurobiology, cognitive-behavioral, feminist, attachment, family systems, self, play, imago, EMDR, mindfulness, mind/body approaches and transpersonal psychology.
Areas of clinical interest and expertise
Individual and Couples Work, including Anxiety, Trauma, and Relationships
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is the process through which client and clinician sit opposite one another and engage in intentional and meaningful conversation to achieve awareness and insight into feelings, thoughts and behaviors the client would like to change. Psychotherapy provides the unique opportunity for someone to safely examine his or her own needs, feelings and desires, sometimes for the first time. Psychotherapy’s goal is to bring clarity and insight into one’s life, empowering the individual to gain mastery over the conscious and unconscious forces operating in their lives in order to bring about change.
Who can be served by psychotherapy?
People pursue therapy for a variety of reasons. Therapy can address unresolved trauma, emotional and sexual intimacy obstacles, anxiety, low self esteem, transition, identity, relationship patterns/problems, career issues, chronic pain or illness, problems related to body image, weight, addictions, substance abuse or dependence in oneself or a loved one, issues related to money, and parenting.
Psychotherapy is a place to examine unresolved pain, whether psychological, or physical, most likely both. Often people simply want to explore and understand themselves and their motivations better. Most people find that where ever they are out of balance is impacting every aspect of their lives. Although people may come to therapy for one specific reason, often they have the unintended experience of improvement in multiple aspects of their lives. For example they came to therapy for panic attacks, but find as they master their anxiety, they have more successful interpersonal and professional relationships.