She/Her/HersLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
As of January 1, 2022 I will no longer be accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance.
Sarah Wignall is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the greater Providence area. As a trained “systems thinker”, Sarah considers not just the individual (or family/couple) seeking support, but also how their larger system both past and present affect current daily life. Prior to private practice, Sarah worked in school behavioral programs, community-based parenting programs, art therapy, and spiritual-based youth programs. Many of Sarah’s clients come in when life changes or loss have increased anxiety, depression, stress, or conflict within the client’s “system”. Sarah is particularly passionate about serving women experiencing infertility, loss, or challenges related to parenting. Sarah also finds creative solutions to help families restore harmony during stages of life transitions; she is effective in supporting both teens and adults who are experiencing significant changes.
Sarah is trained in CBT, focusing on the adaptability of the brain in order to have a new experience with a previously anxiety-provoking situation. Sarah utilizes Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing to help clients access their own unique, creative solutions. In session, Sarah focuses on the client’s voice, experience, and barriers to personal contentment. This approach enables clients to be an active part of treatment, tapping in to skills, solutions, and hope that may be “out of reach” due to anxiety, depression, or conflict. Sarah's style is warm, curious, and respectful; she is dedicated to providing a relationship that is safe, empathic, and promotes both growth and healing.
Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.
Adoption & foster care - Support around pre- and post-adoption challenges including family dynamics, challenging behaviors, attachment issues, and navigation of the child welfare system or adoption agencies
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.
Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress
Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Years of Experience: 5 years
Private Practice, Therapist, 2020 - Present
North American Family Institute, Clinician, Clinical Supervisor, 2016 - Present
Love Providence, Student Mentor, 2005 - 2008
Parents As Teachers, Parent Educator, 2002 - 2005
PESI, Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP), 2020
University of Rhode Island, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2016
Rhode Island: MFT00194