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.
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
Sarah Cella is not in-network with any insurances.
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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