Sarah  Cella

Sarah Cella

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
California Accepting Online
Santa Monica, Los Angeles Accepting In-person
Updated December 7, 2020

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Family issues
  • Co-parenting

Professional statement

As a therapist specialized in working with kids, teens, and young adults, Sarah views the therapeutic process as an opportunity to explore, understand, and articulate thoughts and feelings more effectively. Often, difficult or "acting out" behaviors (e.g., defiance, isolating, angry outbursts, substance use, impulsivity) can be understood as maladaptive (a.k.a. "sucky") attempts at communicating emotions. Whether you're seeking support for someone you love or for yourself, there is an inner peace that can be found as we better understand what we're thinking or feeling and learn tools to communicate those experiences and needs to those we care about.

Sarah works from the perspective that each individual has the answers they seek within themselves, and views therapy as an opportunity to facilitate a new conversation with their inner self. By acknowledging our thoughts and feelings, practicing self-compassion, and looking for new ways to relate to ourselves, others, and the world, individuals can resolve past trauma(s), heal insecurities, accept any difficulties that may arise with resilience, and find meaning in everyday experiences (a.k.a., "we feel better"). Sarah offers a compassionate, nurturing, and non-judgmental space to find your own answers, after first providing a solid foundation of education and insight to help you better understand the brain, emotions, and relational dynamics that impact your sense of self.

With extensive experience working with family systems, Sarah utilizes relational, humanistic, and attachment-based interventions to help both individuals and families work on emotion regulation, connection, and communication. Sarah has provided mental health services in a variety of settings, including working with kiddos at a school-based setting and adults in an outpatient clinic. In each of these settings, as in her private practice work today, Sarah pulled from evidenced-based approaches (CBT & DBT, in particular) to provide individuals and families with concrete skills for regulating emotions, challenging problematic thought patterns, and coping more effectively with distress.

At this time, Sarah is providing telehealth (remote) sessions in California, and she is available for limited, COVID-conscious (e.g., outdoors, masks, 6' distanced) in-person work depending on the need. Sarah has an office in West Los Angeles, and spends one day per week in East Los Angeles (e.g., Silverlake, Echo Park). Feel free to reach out via phone or email to set-up a consultation (*free of charge*) to learn more about Sarah, her therapeutic style, and any referrals or support that may be needed as you embark on your wellness journey.


Message to clients

Therapy is about cultivating a safe space for you to explore your own self, find opportunities for joy and connection in your life, and make peace with any challenges or struggles you may be facing. At certain moments in our lives, we all experience pain, grief, fear, jealousy, disappointment, longing, and loneliness. We may have searched outside ourselves for the answer to our difficulties, when all along the answer was within. By seeking a quick solution, trying to escape the pain, or pushing away and ignoring our challenges, we often deepen the wound. As the difficulty takes over, we can lose the ability to accept and release challenges, and struggle to normalize our experiences and think rationally. At these moments, therapy is an opportunity to reflect, reset, and restore.

I know that finding a therapist can be a very personal journey, and my hope is that you take some time to find what you need. If I can support you in the creation of your safe space and help to lighten the load you carry, reach out here to connect. I would be honored to accompany you on your journey to wellness.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

Co-parenting - Supporting children and parents and collaborating with courts when necessary to address issues of visitation, custody schedules, co-parenting, and mediation




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Sarah Cella is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $90 - $150
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly

Location(s)

Santa Monica practice
2001 South Barrington Avenue, Suite 215, Los Angeles, California 90025
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Thu 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 11:00am-4:00pm
  • Thu 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 11:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Los Angeles practice
2900 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, California 90039
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00 - 3:00
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Hills Treatment Center, 2020 - Present
Private practice, 2018 - Present
Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services, 2015 - 2019

University of Southern California (USC), MA
Boston University, BS


Languages

English