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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Mandel works with clients dealing with:
- Relationship Issues
- Parenting Issues
- Coping Skills
- Cancer Diagnosis
- Recent Traumatic Events
- Bereavement and Loss
- Life Transitions
- Personal Boundaries
- Recent Traumatic Events
- Sexual Abuse
Dr. Mandel is trained and certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that is highly successful for the treatment of recent and past traumatic events, PTSD, as well as anxiety, complicated grief, and phobias. When a person experiences a disturbing life event, their brain cannot process information as it normally should, 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 the presenting symptoms, an elimination of the distress from the disturbing memory, and an improved view of self.
- Couples Relationship Therapy
- Parenting Skills
- Premarital Therapy
Dr. Mandel is trained and certified in Imago relationship therapy. 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. Dr. Mandel helps to 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 or crisis 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 what they have learned, which helps them to heal themselves and their relationship. Imago therapy is for couples at any stage in their relationship.