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Sarah L. Sciarra, MSS, LCSW

   

    I ‚Äčam a licensed clinical social worker (L.C.S.W.) in the state of PA and 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 in 2000 and Masters Degree in Social Service at Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in 2004 with a concentration in clinical practice with individuals, groups and families.  I have provided clinical social work, case management and therapy in child welfare settings, community mental health, health care, group and private practice. I have a deep interest in women's issues across the lifespan and have worked extensively with pregnant and postpartum women, holding a Post-Graduate Certification in Postpartum Stress from The Postpartum Stress Center.  I often 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 passionate advocate for human rights and chose social work because of its focus on client advocacy, cultural awareness and inclusion.  I am also a long-time member of The Pennsylvania Clinical Social Work Society, a local organization that enhances the clinical practice of social workers by providing access to exceptional professional training, resources and workshops.

           I utilize several theoretical modalities, specifically psychodynamic, relational and person-centered. I frequently incorporate mindfulness to help heighten mind-body awareness and reduce symptom-intensity.  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.  Treatment is always tailored to the client's unique circumstances and I inherently 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 others and themselves.  The session provides a non-judgmental place to pay attention in a very special and specific way.  While skill-building can be an important part of therapy, it can be difficult to integrate without personal insight.  Together, the client and I can discover what in their lives is serving and hindering them.  The therapeutic relationship is the most crucial catalyst for healing and change. 

          In addition to my professional background, I draw from my own journey as a woman, wife, mother and human being.... and try to bring humor to my work as well as curiosity and compassion.  I always 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.