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Sara Fischer Sanford, LCSW
We all process our challenges differently, and I can help identify strengths and ways of coping.

Our Team

Sara Fischer Sanford, LCSW

Location

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Harm reduction, Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

The most vital part of therapy is a connection to the therapist that creates a safe, judgment-free environment for personal growth. My counseling style is both casual and client-centered. We all process our challenges differently, and I can help identify strengths and ways of coping. I feel confident that whether you are seeking help for the first time, or if you have had the experience of counseling in the past, I can offer genuine empathy and a supportive environment to all.

Education

BA - Women's Studies and Sociology, Vanderbilt University

MSW - Social Work, Focus in Mental Health, Kennesaw State University

License Number and State

CA 92601

Pronouns

she/her

What are your interests outside of work?

When I am not working I love to travel. There is nothing better than loading the car and heading out on an adventure. I love camping and I use this as a way to both disconnect from my stress as well as to practice mindfulness and re-charge my system.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

Like all of us, I experience stress in my day. I tend to keep that stress in my neck and shoulders. I have integrated stretching into my day. Just a few moments to move my body and find a comfortable space. This short, centering moment releases tension and allows me to return to my work in a much better state. It really only takes a few moments to make a difference.

What book have you read more than once?

I wish I could say that I enjoy reading Shakespeare. But, I love reading horror novels and I return to Steven King over and over. Watching scary movies and reading these books are my little guilty pleasure.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

My favorite non-profit is the Legal Aid Society. The chapter in Middle Tennessee gave me my first job after I finished my undergraduate degree acting as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This opportunity propelled me into my career in mental health.

How do you recharge?

When I need a recharge I always return to my love of camping. I turn off my cell phone, and even choose locations where there is no service. This "forces" me to let go and just relax in front of the fire. There is no better way to relax and rest my brain.

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