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Sarai Darbandi, LCSW

Stress, Anxiety Trauma and abuse Self esteem Depression Coaching
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About me

Hello my name is Sarai, so happy to meet you! I hold a Masters in Social Work and have worked with multiple settings and people for over ten years now. I officially began offering counseling once I became a licensed therapist in 2015. I specialize in assisting others building coping skills for anxiety, grief, loss, trauma, relationships, and building motivation and self esteem.

In addition, I am a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council of Exercise, a Certified Hypnotherapist, I am trained in Energy, Shamanic, and Spiritual Psychology as well. I have extensive experience in assisting others in preparing and integrating their Ayahuasca, plant medicine, and psychedelic experiences. I am also familiar with yoga, breath work, and other alternative mind-body techniques that we know today are extremely important for "whole healing". I do also have a background in a technique called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy. I use a modified version of this online where you self tap.

I utilize a holistic perspective as we now know the importance of the mind-body connection. You and I will work together to get clarity on the challenges you are facing, why it is important to change, and make a plan to implement how to address these issues. I am able to hold space for challenging emotions and life transitions. Sometimes it is just as therapeutic to have a 3rd party to listen and validate one's experience.

I look for to our work together and thank you for taking the time to stop by. Note: when messaging me initially, please let me know your availability and preferred availability. I will schedule you asap. If you are outside of the U.S. please let me know your time zone.

Professional experience

5yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Body Image, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Dissociation, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Self-Love

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing

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These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Sarai Darbandi. We don't pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Therapy with Sarai is like kind of like asking a big sister for advice, if your big sister was a certified therapist with a broad spectrum of knowledge and expertise. I like that she’s not ONLY a listening ear, but provides tangible advice and action steps, often incorporating studied tactics such as EMDR, visualization, CBT.

Written on Jun 09, 2022 after therapy with Sarai for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

Sarai is extremely welcoming and truly you can tell and fell the level of care she truly puts into each session. I never feel rushed or just like another client I cannot recommend her enough !

Written on Oct 21, 2021 after therapy with Sarai for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and anger management

I love Sarai! Sarai is so helpful and has so much knowledge. I know I can trust her.

Written on Oct 19, 2021 after therapy with Sarai for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Sarai has been a great comfort in the session we've had so far, and I look forward to the next one!

Written on Sep 01, 2021 after therapy with Sarai for 1 month on issues concerning lgbt, eating disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Sarai helps you focus on your goals, helps you figure out how to achieve them and listens closely to your problem and needs.

Written on Jun 22, 2021 after therapy with Sarai for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Sarai is my kind of person. I am so glad to have her on my side, helping me navigate through the different emotions, experiences, and facets of life. She is a godsend.

Written on Dec 21, 2020 after therapy with Sarai for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd