Dr. Elissa Sarno, Ph.D.
Dr. Sarno uses she/her/hers pronouns
Relationship and social concerns (peer, family, or romantic)
Social identity concerns
Eating and body image concerns
The foundation of my approach to therapy is the relationship that I have with each client. I create a safe, comfortable environment by providing empathy, acceptance, genuineness, and a sense of humor. I work flexibly and collaboratively with each client to meet their unique goals. I provide a space in which clients can identify, express, and understand the origins of their emotions so that they may work toward better managing them. Therapy can also aid in understanding and changing patterns in relationships that may be contributing to distress. I value transparency, and welcome conversations with my clients about what might be going on in our relationship, because I believe that this can be very useful in shedding light on other relationships in clients’ lives. I focus on helping clients to process the ways in which they are impacted by their social identities, past and current relationships, family dynamics, and work and/or school environments. With a greater understanding of themselves, my goal is to empower clients to make positive changes in their lives and their relationships.
I have worked in several university settings, providing individual and group therapy to undergraduate, graduate, and professional (law, medical, and business) students, as well as in community mental health settings. I have experience working with clients to address a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, adjustment difficulties, eating and body image concerns, social identity concerns, and struggles with low self-esteem and self-worth. I have an interest in working with students, those who are new to therapy, and those who struggle with anxiety, particularly in the context of high-stress and competitive work or school environments. If you have any questions about my background or approach, or would like to schedule a phone consultation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I look forward to getting to know you to see if we might be a good fit to work together.