Clients Sabrina Works Well With:
Sabrina specializes in working with female adolescents with complex clinical presentations including trauma, oppositional defiance, attachment/adoption, ADHD, anxiety, depression, low self esteem and body image issues, substance abuse, sexual identity, and challenging family relationships.
Education & Prior Work Experience:
Sabrina has over 12 years counseling experience including counseling in an adolescent residential treatment center, counseling crisis call center, in-school day treatment therapist supervisor for youth at risk of expulsion, private practice working with teens and families, clinical supervisor of an out-patient child & family program, and teaching master’s level counseling courses.
Additionally, Sabrina has her Ph.D. in Counseling with a Major in Counselor Education and Supervision. She has a passion for teaching/supervision and has just concluded her dissertation research looking at gender bias in counselor supervisor evaluations of transgender and cisgender counselors.
Other research interests include: family systems from an addiction platform, co-dependency as related to the 12-step model of recovery, resiliency in adolescent girls, and LGBT struggles specifically related to family of origin dynamics of intolerance, tolerance, acceptance, and affirmation.
Sabrina's approach to counseling is diverse, down to earth, straightforward, and compassionate. She prides herself on strength-based approaches, empowering her students to realize their full potential. In addition to practical applications, she is committed to using evidence-based treatment approaches. She is 12-step/recovery and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) informed, trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (T-CBT) and narrative exposure therapy (NET) trained. Sabrina is also an approved Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist, utilizing exposure therapy elements coupled with bio-stimuli such as “tappers” or “eye movement” techniques. Sabrina also maintains a mind-body wellness approach, with the belief that the body is a powerful container in how it holds and manifests past experiences, and can be a critical tool for exploration and healing. Supporting this perspective, she includes yoga therapy modalities in some of her work with students and has participated in multiple "Yoga Calm Therapist" trainings.
She is also known for her creativity with individualized treatment plans for students and their families. She is able to engage treatment resistant clients. Sabrina is skilled at helping families negotiate challenging dynamics using a family systems approach. She meets each client where they are at utilizing supportive confrontation and boundaries balanced with empathy and sensitivity.
Sabrina grew up as a 3rd culture child, having a father from the Middle-East, and a mother from the U.S. This continues to inform her practice as a therapist, contributing to her insights and sensitivity toward working with multi-cultural families. Her interests include teaching, singing, dancing, hiking, fishing, yoga, oil painting, spending time with family, cooking, traveling, gardening, reading, participating in book club, supper club and philosophy club, and playing with her Golden Retriever, Dexter.