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 (particularly “bad thoughts” OCD and obsessions without obvious or overt compulsions); Anxiety disorders; Complex Trauma and Abuse; Recovery from relationships with alcoholic or personality disordered (i.e., narcissistic, borderline, antisocial, OCPD) family members and partners; Reproductive trauma (infertility, miscarriages, abortions, adoption); Grief and Loss. She enjoys working with children, tweens, adolescents and adults.
“I hold compassion and respect for those who struggle with OCD: the persistent, unwanted, intrusive or involuntary obsessions, the paralyzing anxieties, the compulsive actions, rituals, avoidances meant to neutralize or halt those repetitive bad thoughts. I also have a heart for those who grieve, particularly the profound, complicated losses. For example, I work with those who struggle with reproductive trauma including infertility, pregnancy losses, and adoption. I feel honored to work with people struggling with chronic or terminal illnesses, and their loved ones. I am also passionate about helping those who grieve the losses of, may feel damaged by, or want to recover from, important relationships with alcoholic or personality disordered family members or partners. No condescension or criticism here. Unpacking and dealing with these things can be frightening and uncomfortable. However I believe the human spirit can rebound, heal and grow from these wounding, negative experiences. I listen empathetically, and employ evidence-based strategies, while emphasizing your strengths. I believe in resiliency and brighter futures.
“In terms of my therapeutic techniques, I offer, and have received training in, specialized OCD treatment. I truly understand OCD, and how often it can be misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and stigmatizing. I also offer a variety of other evidence-based techniques tailored to each individual’s needs. These include cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, psychodynamic, family systems, and Motivational Interviewing. I also use, and have special training in, the use of art, sand tray and journalling in therapy. These optional tools for personal growth and insight can provide emotional ventilation, help process distressing problems, and promote healing. If you have further questions about the way in which I work, please feel free to call me.
“In addition to working in private practice, my experience includes working in hospice, and in a variety of residential and hospital settings with children, adolescents and adults struggling with persistent and acute mental illnesses. I received my master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in Marriage and Family Therapy with a graduate level certificate in Clinical Art Therapy. Member IOCDF, IAEDP AATA. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I worked for 20 years as a print journalist and I have a background in theater, visual art, and dance.”
To contact Sarah, call 858-386-4724.