“Anxiety has a way of making the world seem smaller. The very best thing about therapy is providing the client with the tools and support they need to make their world bigger, and seeing them use those tools to take charge of their own life. ”
Approach to Therapy
Sarah’s primary goal in therapy is to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to each client, and to involve them in decision making to the fullest. Sarah makes use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure-based treatments to help clients to face their anxiety, challenge doubts, and increase their self-efficacy. In order to provide comprehensive care, Sarah also likes to involve family members in treatment where possible, and in particular when working with children and adolescents.
Experience and Training
Sarah received her Master of Arts in Psychology from Northern Illinois University, where she is currently working to complete her doctoral degree. Prior to joining the OCD and Anxiety Center, Sarah spent two summers as a clinical extern for the OCD and Anxiety day program at AMITA Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. It was in this setting that she discovered her love of treating OCD and anxiety disorders through exposure-based therapy. Sarah has also worked at NIU’s Psychological Services Center as an assistant to the clinic director, and as a behavior consultant at a residential home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is most comfortable treating adolescents and adults with OCD and anxiety disorders. Sarah is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
In addition to her clinical work, Sarah also engages in research on OCD and related disorders, and enjoys presenting at local and national conferences to help spread information regarding OCD and anxiety disorders.
More About Sarah
Sarah was born and raised in Gurnee, Illinois (home of Six Flags). In her spare time, she enjoys watching Netflix, reading, and baking.