Sarah Leffler
Sarah Leffler

As a therapist, I consider it a great privilege to be entrusted with some of the personal details of people’s lives. I understand that people often make the first call to a therapist with a sense of urgency, a strong desire for change in their lives, and a mix of emotions. My office is a safe and supportive environment for personal exploration and growth. I will strive to know you fully, to offer you a collaborative approach to meeting your goals, and to provide you with care that is both individualized and grounded in the latest research on effective treatment.

I help individuals and couples with a wide range of emotional and relational issues, including dissatisfaction in relationships, anxiety, depression, and overcoming past trauma, to name just a few. I will work collaboratively with you to help you better understand how your difficulties developed, how they are maintained, and how you can begin to experiment with new ways of coping with difficult emotions or interacting with others.

My approach to working with individuals is grounded in psychodynamic psychotherapy. I believe that our past relationships and upbringing can subtly affect our present day relationships with others and with ourselves. While relational theories have a strong influence on my approach to therapy, I also weave in techniques from cognitive-behavioral therapy and other experiential approaches to treatment that recognize the mind-body connection. I can teach you skills for managing overwhelming emotions and interrupting negative thought patterns.

My approach to couples therapy is highly influenced by Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Do you ever feel like you are going in circles, having the same fight again and again? I offer an approach that can help couples break free from repetitive patterns in their interactions. My hope is always to help couples feel more connected to one another and regain the emotional intimacy that they may have lost. In order to achieve this, I guide couples in sharing themselves more fully with one another and in exploring their interactional cycles. In this process, people often learn more both about their partner and about themselves.

I bring to all of my work a deep sense of empathy, a non-judgmental attitude, and an appreciation for the inevitable challenges that we all face at one time or another as we make our way through life.