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Sarah Nelson, LMFT
I enjoy the individuality of each client that I cross paths with and deeply respect the journey every client goes through in therapy.

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Sarah Nelson, LMFT

Location

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP or EXRP), Harm reduction, Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Strengths-based, Relational

Therapy Style

I am a warm and compassionate therapist that strives to provide a safe place where clients can feel comfortable expressing their most vulnerable thoughts. I believe in empowering and challenging my clients to reach their goals. As a therapist, I work collaboratively with clients in recognizing the change they want, identifying the obstacles that are holding them back, and creating a plan for change. I come from a diverse background of skills and knowledge. I believe humor and laughing can be healing as well as validating experiences, and empathy. I enjoy the individuality of each client that I cross paths with and deeply respect the journey every client goes through in therapy. I am honored to be a part of that journey.

Education

BA - Clinical Psychology, Humboldt State University

MA - Clinical Psychology, John F. Kennedy University

Internship - LGBTQ Community Therapy, Pacific Center for Human Growth

Externship - LGBTQ Youth Group, Project Eden, Horizon Services

License Number and State

CA 42705

Pronouns

she/her

What are your interests outside of work?

I enjoy surfing, working out, bike riding, traveling (internationally when possible), watching movies, and brain teaser/riddle books.

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

I hydrate with water throughout the day and I take at least 10 minutes to decompress, breathe deeply, and shut my eyes.

What book have you read more than once and why?

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. My sister and I would read this book to each other growing up all the time. It still makes me laugh when I think about how many times we probably read that book. Somehow we found it amusing. It probably had to do with me being a picky eater and my dad always telling me to at least try the food once to find out if I like it or not. He would always say that I would never know unless I tried. I ended up trying many things although I have never had green eggs and ham.

How do you recharge?

There are many ways in which I recharge depending on what I am recharging from. I can take a solid 10-15 minute cat nap and feel wide awake and ready to go. I enjoy baking, which feels very meditative and gives me energy. A brisk surf session can be invigorating and help me feel grounded and recharged. Sometimes something as simple as a good long hug can be recharging to me.

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