Sarah Teitelbaum, PhD
I am a licensed psychologist who has practiced in the Pioneer Valley area for the past few years. I graduated from New York University with a BA in psychology in 2009, and I earned an MS and PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Florida, completing the latter in 2016. I have worked with individuals doing therapy and psychological assessment in a variety of settings, including college counseling centers, inpatient psychiatric units, and outpatient psychiatry clinics. At the Haffey Center, I provide comprehensive psychodiagnostic evaluations for ADHD and learning disabilities as well as therapy for individuals with a variety of presenting concerns.
In conducting both assessment and therapy, I believe in a transparent, collaborative process between myself and my clients. Psychodiagnostic assessment is a unique tool that allows individuals to understand their processes in a new light and obtain information about their strengths and weaknesses. I see myself as a guide and analyst, bringing my professional experience and abilities to each person’s presenting concerns and questions.
As a therapist, I know that the quality of the therapist-client relationship is the most important foundation of the work, and I aim to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment in which to cultivate such a relationship. I take a person-centered therapeutic approach and consider the many systems (e.g. cultural, familial) within which individuals are functioning. I value social justice and consider it an integral part of my work as a psychologist. Mindfulness-based psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and emotion-focused therapy (EFT) are some of the evidenced-based treatments I frequently utilize. In general, I treat individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, family/relationship issues, grief, self-esteem problems, and other concerns.