My name is Sarah Wood, and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Claremont, CA.
I support people who want to recover fully from the pain and trauma in their pasts that has been holding them back. I believe that each of my clients possesses deep inner resources of strength and wisdom, and that they are capable of overcoming even the most overwhelming circumstances. I feel honored to walk alongside them on their journey. I bring authenticity, insight, and compassion into each session, in addition to my professional training. My clients often say that I am easy to open up to and easy to trust.
I specialize in working with people who are survivors of interpersonal trauma, such as childhood abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, and sexual abuse and assault, or are adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families. I help clients work through issues of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, codependency, drug and alcohol abuse, disordered eating, relationship difficulties, dissociation and derealization, and more. I am experienced in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, dissociative disorders, substance abuse and dependence, mood and anxiety disorders, and borderline personality disorder.
I view the mind-body connection as integral in understanding who you are as a whole person. I draw from several different schools of thought in my practice, but all of them place great importance on the therapeutic relationship: on forming an authentic connection with you, helping you create a sense of safety, and allowing you to feel seen and understood. I have advanced training in Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and Attachment-Focused EMDR, and I integrate these approaches into my work with my clients to treat mind-body symptoms. I will also often include mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral techniques.
I attended California State University of Fullerton for my Masters in Counseling degree. I have provided outpatient individual and group therapy throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire, in a variety of settings including community mental health, addiction treatment, eating disorder treatment, and public schools. I have worked with adults, adolescents, and children on a variety of issues, including trauma, sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and more.