Aloha! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. It is my desire to create a safe, warm & accepting space for all the individuals I work with. I believe that feelings of belonging & acceptance are the foundation of the growth we can achieve together. Understanding my clients problems from a holistic perspective is important to me. As you share your unique story it is my goal to paint a more detailed picture of your problem within the context it has evolved & been maintained. My belief is that all problems make sense in the context of our unique experiences & relationships. My desire is to validate these experiences & help you work towards lasting healing. Therapy is beneficial for anyone at any point in their life. It’s a safe space to reflect, focus on yourself, & address things in your life that aren’t as you would like. Therapy can help you heal your pain, improve self-esteem, thrive in your career, be a confident parent, love & accept yourself, & build a more fulfilling life.
During each session, I promote internal healing in a safe, non-critical, non-judgmental environment that will allow you to access, name, & express emotions in a healthy way. Together you will come to understand & calm the physical manifestations of emotional pain, & allow a safe space to regain hope, faith, love for self, & rebuild healthy core beliefs. I define my therapeutic approach as multidisciplinary; I utilize evidenced-base theories such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focus Therapy, & Client Centered Therapy.
Additional areas of focus: Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
HI LCSW LCSW-4820
DC LCSW LC200002085
I’ve had many therapist over the years but Sara is by far the best I have come across. You immediately can feel she cares and she understands what you need. She gives advice and things to work on so you feel you’re getting the best out of therapy not just someone who listens.
Written on Nov 25, 2022 after therapy with Sara for 6 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Sara has been very helpful and accommodating. I appreciate her help and really value my time with her
Written on Oct 21, 2022 after therapy with Sara for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd
Sara is a fantastic listener and is even better at helping guide me through what I’m struggling with
Written on Sep 30, 2022 after therapy with Sara for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem
She is very attentive and asks questions that you may not have thought of before or may have been avoiding unconsciously. I really appreciate the opinions and advice that she has given me so far.
Written on Aug 02, 2022 after therapy with Sara for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem
My initial sessions with Sara Watkins have been beneficial. She's earning my trust.
Written on Jun 26, 2022 after therapy with Sara for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd