Sarah Tippit, a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (#75866) on our team, works with clients of all ages to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, grief, anxiety, and related disorders.
Sarah specializes in OCD Spectrum disorders (particularly OCD involving unpleasant or taboo intrusive thoughts, and obsessions accompanied by mental rituals or nonobvious compulsions). She also works with anxiety; complex trauma and abuse; reproductive challenges (infertility, miscarriages, abortions, adoption); complicated grief and loss. She enjoys working with children, tweens, adolescents and adults.
“I hold compassion for those who struggle with OCD Spectrum disorders: the persistent, unwanted, intrusive obsessions, the paralyzing anxieties, the compulsive actions, rituals, avoidances meant to neutralize those bad thoughts. Most of my work involves helping sufferers gain control over their OCD. However, I also have a heart for those recovering from emotional abuse, adult children of personality disordered parents, people facing conflicted losses or transitions. No condescension or criticism here. I believe it is possible to find meaning in challenging experiences. I listen empathically, and employ proven strategies, while emphasizing strengths. I believe in resiliency, growth, empowered futures.
“I understand the various, and sometimes subtle, manifestations of OCD, the shame, frustration and stigma sufferers feel, and how often it is misunderstood, misdiagnosed. I have been trained in science-backed techniques, such as CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to manage OCD, anxiety, and related issues, including body dysmorphic disorder, phobias, unwanted habits, body-focused repetitive and compulsive behaviors. I have also received specialized training in the treatment of grief, loss and trauma, including trauma-focused CBT, and EMDR. And given that I have a background in journalism and art, I employ writing and art therapy in my work if desired or appropriate to the treatment.
“I work with tweens, teens, adults, seniors in private practice, and am a contributor to the OCD-related web sites www.ocdacceptance.com and www.intrusivethoughts.org. I received my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. My other experiences include working in acute care and hospital inpatient settings, hospices, and public agencies. I am a member of CAMFT and the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF).”
To contact Sarah, call 858-386-4724.