Sarah Farris is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago who specializes in anxiety and panic disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), depression, life transitions, communication challenges, and existential challenges. She also has experience working with clients who have a troubled relationship with food or have had an eating disorder in the past and are at a maintenance level.
While Sarah sees adults across the lifespan, many of her clients are young professionals who are wondering if they are on the right path and may be experiencing high stress and anxiety.
Sarah utilizes evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), when working with individuals with a phobia, OCD, and/or an anxiety and panic disorder. She also utilizes mindfulness practices with most of her clients to help them notice their thoughts and emotions without judgment.
In addition, Sarah emphasizes self-care and helps her clients develop a healthy work-life balance. She also teaches her clients how to effectively communicate their needs and desires with friends, family, colleagues, partners, etc. This can, in turn, help them develop a sense of self-esteem and self-worth as they learn how to stand up for themselves.
Sarah enjoys empowering her clients and supporting them on their journey toward self-acceptance. She also helps them develop healthier coping strategies to manage their symptoms. She has a certification in fitness nutrition and received her MA from the University of Texas San Antonio.
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
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
Obsessive compulsive disorder - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Mindfulness - Using techniques like breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and manage day-to-day stress
Communication issues - Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships with partners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others
Panic disorder - Building coping skills to identify and manage triggers; explore underlying causes related to feelings of panic
Phobias - Providing techniques and support to overcome intense fear, anxiety, and panic related to specific triggers, such as heights or crowded spaces
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Private Practice, Psychotherapist, 2013 - Present
ISSA, Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, 2015
UTHSCSA, Research Associate, 2007 - 2013
UTSA, MA in Community Counseling, 2013
UTSA, MA in Bicultural and Bilingual Studies, 2006
Roanoke College, BS in Psychology, 2004
Roanoke College, BA in Spanish, 2004
"Sarah explained her process well and was open to my questions."- Zencare client • August 2019