It is helpful for you as a client to know that there are a number of therapeutic approaches and not just one way of doing therapy.

Sarah Mandel uses several approaches to tailor your psychotherapy, also known as “talk therapy,” and to work with you in the most effective and efficient ways to reach your goals.

Based on your needs, the focus of therapy may simply be upon managing current issues and stressors, or it may be working more deeply with your underlying history that oftentimes is the root of current pain.

Throughout the therapy process, by increasing emotional and cognitive awareness you will be able to develop increased coping strategies which help resolve conflicts, lessen emotional pain and help you to live a more productive, balanced and happy life.

Sarah works with clients dealing with:

  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and Loss
  • Cancer Diagnosis
  • Coping Skills
  • Chronic Medical Illness
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self Esteem

Specialties

EMDR

  • Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
Sarah Mandel is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven successful for the treatment of trauma and PTSD. It is also effective in providing relief with disturbing life experiences, as well as panic attacks, complicated grief, and body dysmorphic disorders.  EMDR facilitates the patient’s healing by reprocessing existing memories and does not bring up “repressed memories.” When a person experiences a disturbing event, their brain cannot process information as it normally does and the moment becomes “frozen in time.”  These memories can have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person views the world and the way that they relate to others.  EMDR results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress from the disturbing memory and an improved view of the self. It also provides relief from bodily disturbance and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers (anxiety).

IMAGO

  • Couples Relationship Therapy
  • Premarital Therapy

Sarah Mandel is a Certified Imago therapist. In Imago Relationship therapy, the couple is seen together as the client.  The primary work of an Imago therapist is to help support both partners in their efforts to understand each other’s needs and to help restore the connection lost in their relationship. The Imago therapist helps facilitate this connection by teaching the couple how to engage with each other by using a specific structure called “The Imago Dialogue.” This dialogue helps the couple understand what’s going on underneath their conflict and allows the couple to figure out how to get each of their needs met in a healthy way. These skills are then taken outside of therapy as the couple adapts and benefits from the communication skills learned which normalize their interactions. Subsequently, the relationship improves and a therapist is not needed anymore.