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Sarah L. Sciarra, MSS, LCSW

   

    I ‚Äčam a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of Pennsylvania and a Board Certified Diplomate in advanced clinical practice from The American Board of Clinical Social Work.  I have been in the social work field for over 15 years.  I received my BA in English Literature from The College of William and Mary and Masters Degree in Social Service from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.  I have provided clinical social work, case management and therapy in child welfare settings, community mental health, health care, group and private practice.  I am deeply invested in women's issues across the lifespan and have worked extensively with pregnant and postpartum women, holding a Post-Graduate Certificate in Postpartum Stress from The Postpartum Stress Center.  I continuously participate in advanced psychodynamic psychotherapy and object relations post-graduate training programs.  I have been honored to provide education and support to community groups and other healthcare professionals and have given presentations on birth trauma and postpartum stress to local groups such as ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) and breastfeeding support groups.   I am a member of The National Association of Social Workers and The Pennsylvania Clinical Social Work Society.  A passionate advocate for human rights, my practice is focused on client advocacy, cultural awareness and inclusion.

           I draw from several theoretical modalities, primarily psychodynamic, relational and attachment. I often incorporate mindfulness to help heighten mind-body awareness.  When appropriate, I draw from Dr. Marsha Linehan's Dialetical Behavioral Therapy, whose program teaches life-changing skills such as managing consuming emotions and enhancing interpersonal effectiveness.  Therapy is always tailored to the client's unique circumstances and I focus on highlighting and building upon the existing strengths of my clients. 

         I believe that therapy is not merely a place to treat mental health symptoms; it also provides an opportunity to explore relationship dynamics and long-standing patterns. Treatment is a safe space where both the client and I can notice the ways in which they relate to me, others and themselves.  The session provides a non-judgmental place to pay attention in a very special and specific way.   The client and I can together discover what in their lives is serving and hindering them.  The therapy relationship is the most crucial catalyst for healing and change. 

          In addition to my professional background, I draw from my journey as a woman, wife, mother and imperfect human being.... and often bring humor to my work as well as curiosity and compassion.  A deep lover of the arts, in my spare time I love to sing, dance, read and attend live theatre. 

         I consider it a sacred privilege to be with clients during their most vulnerable times.  Helping clients learn to understand and help themselves in new ways is truly my life's work.  Each client who commits to therapy honors me with the gift of their trust as we work together toward greater understanding and a deeper, more satisfying life.