She/Her/HersLicensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Sara Pelaez is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Professional practicing in Georgia, Illinois, and Florida. She works with individuals and couples with a focus on professional adults. Many of her clients have found great success in their personal and professional lives, but struggle to feel connected in their relationships or at peace in their daily lives. Sara is particularly sensitive to clients facing present-past trauma, moments of transition, relationship or marital issues when the delicate balance can seem to tremble, and symptoms of anxiety, depression, and self-doubt can emerge.
Sara’s approach is rooted in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Emotional Focus Therapy. These are evidence-based approaches that focus on helping clients understand how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected so that they can begin to make a targeted change. It is a bottom-up/top-down approach that provides a 360 view of the client's inner world. She works to help clients understand their physical response to external stressors, and begin to problem-solve ways to introduce moments of calm, to choose to respond rather than react in the face of change.
Sara is focused on ensuring that her clients see real progress: her style is interactive, non-judgmental, and positions clients as the experts on where they are now, and where they want to go. A trauma-informed therapist, Sara is sensitive to the influence of past experiences on present challenges and works closely with clients to reframe the narrative of their life in a way that increases self-confidence and compassion.
Sara’s first priority in starting with a new client is ensuring that they feel safe, heard, and like an equal partner in the therapeutic process. As a seasoned telehealth provider, she offers the convenience of remote sessions to help make therapy a core component of your self-care calendar.
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Sara Pelaez is not in-network with any insurances.
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Years of Experience: 21 years
NWCG - NEW WORLD COUNSELING GROUP, PRINCIPAL, 2000 - Present
Somatic Experiencing International, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner ( 3 yr certification program expected completion 2021), 2021
International University of Professional Studies, PhD Human Development & Professional Coaching (expected completion 2021), 2021
The Institute for Rapid Resolution Therapy, Rapid Resolution Therapy Certificate, 2019
National Board of Certified Counselors, Board Certified Coach, 2018
Gottman Institute, Couples Therapist Certificate, 2018
National Board of Certified Counselors, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, 2017
EMDRIA Eye Movement Desesintezation Reprocessing International Association, EMDR Certified 3 year program, 2017
ICEEFT International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy Certificate, 2017
Beck Institute, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate, 2015
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, 2015
The Wellness Institute , Hypnotherapy , 2014
Roosevelt University, MA Clinical Mental Health, 2013
National Board of Certified Counselors, National Certified Counselor, 2013
Northeastern University of IL, MS Psychology BA Human Resources/Pychology 1987, 2000