Sage Goodwin, LMFT

Sage Goodwin
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT

Accepting new clients with a 2-3 week wait (updated May 1, 2017)

Sage provides a comfortable and trusting environment that not only fosters the ability to face personal issues, but also examines the causes and explores solutions to those issues.

- Professional and business owner (2017)

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If you are a prospective client, please schedule a phone consult above. For other inquiries, you can email Sage here.

    About Sage

  • Expertise in couples counseling, relationships, life transitions, parenting skills, and trauma recovery
  • Tailors approach to meet client needs, drawing from emotionally focused couples therapy, family systems therapy, Gestalt therapy, and psychodynamic therapy
  • One of the few clinicians in Rhode Island certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy, a rigorous certification process (as of 2017, she is one of two clinicians in RI certified in EFT)
  • Works with young adults, college students, adults, parents, couples, and families
  • Partners with her therapy dog, Zoe, for clients who appreciate additional emotional support from pets

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Sage Goodwin is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in couples therapy. She uses a technique called Emotionally Focused Therapy, an approach that helps couples be more present with one another and move from a place of disconnection to deep connection.

Sage also enjoys seeing individuals for anxiety, depression, parenting skills, recovery from trauma, relationship challenges, and life transitions. Life transitions may include job transitions, caring for aging parents, and trying to gain a deeper understanding of one's inner self.

Sage is dedicated to growing emotionally and spiritually within her practice, and aims to be by the side of her clients with deep empathy and support as they explore and heal. For clients who appreciate pet therapy, her dog Zoe can join the session to offer additional emotional support.

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

" I always feel honored and privileged to be allowed into my clients-into their depths with their trust. I believe that learning to be a therapist is a never-ending process, and that if I am asking my clients to be curious, I need to practice that in my own life. I have extensive training in many areas and bring them all into my work, tailoring the experience to each individual and couple. I will continue to acquire more tools, refine those I have, and keep digging deeper in my practice to meet people where they are, to hear what they want, and to challenge them to move towards more fulfillment. I  want everyone to feel I am walking alongside them, working toward healing and beyond."

For individuals: "There are many reasons to begin therapy, but typically people come to see me when they are feeling stuck or when life’s challenges feel overwhelming. We can collaborate to find new ways to look at stuck places that are internal (emotional, trauma, destructive thoughts, anxiety, depression, etc.) and/or external (relationships, work, financial, etc.)."

For couples: "Relationships are hard work and we all need help at times in navigating through stuck places. I am excited about emotionally focused couples therapy because it provides a real, emperically validated road map to getting unstuck and moving towards a deeper connection with your partner."

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Private practice

California Institute of Integral Studies, Masters, Counseling Psychology
Colorado University at Boulder, Bachelors, Psychology
Simmons College, Certification, Trauma-based therapy

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

Couples counseling – Practices Emotionally Focused Therapy to create new patterns of emotional interaction, promote changes in interaction, and foster a loving bond between partners; couples counseling is Sage's passion and the majority of her practice
Life transitions –  Adjusting to new relationships, career transitions and direction; mid-life existential, relationship, and career challenges, caring for aging parents, and trying to gain a deeper understanding of one's inner self
Parenting – Helping parents with their own challenges within the context of supporting children; parenting skills
Trauma – Primarily works with clients on relational trauma from childhood and how that affects current relationships and their partners; healing thing to create a new, safe, and secure relationship in their life; experience offering therapy to retired police officers struggling with individual events


OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges; provides coaching and behavioral intervention, as well as exploration for those who are looking for deeper work; works with couples for whom one partner has ADHD
Autism spectrum – Social skills with family members, in the workplace; conversation skills; peer relations; role playing, e.g., management of stress relating to anxiety or obsessions; Pre-grad school training at the Groden Center; uses drama therapy and play therapy with adults and children on the spectrum; working with parents on their relationship and staying connected as they care for their child
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

Emotionally Focused TherapyFocuses on building secure, lasting bonds between intimate partners and family members with the goal of increasing security, closeness, and connection in intimate relationships. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)

clientele

CLIENTELE

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Family
Parents

Languages

LANGUAGES

English

 

TRANSPORTATION

From Brown University
9min drive20min bus, 20min bike

From RISD
10min drive20min bus, 24min bike

From Johnson & Wales
10min drive30min bus28min bike


Sage is an extraordinary provider who I feel lucky to have worked with for the past 2 years. When I met Sage, I felt helpless to my depression, anxiety, and eating disorder. Sage’s thoughtful, kind, and nonjudgemental approach, rooted in a thorough understanding of her field, has helped me to find compassion towards myself, a sense of centeredness, and hope. Sage is true to her name - I have nothing but praise for this supremely capable, honest, and beautiful woman!

I have nothing but praise for Sage. I believe that she will only become stronger in her practice as she continues to learn herself. <333 I would highly recommend her to any friend or family.
— Oberlin College alum '13 (2017)
My husband and I have worked with Sage Goodwin for 3 years. She is an excellent listener and makes you feel comfortable while discussing and working out difficult issues.
— A happily married couple (2017)
Two years ago my whole world was turned upside down and I soon found myself in a very dark and, at times, dangerous place. During the 6-months that I have been seeing Sage Goodwin my ability to deal with the circumstances of my situation has improved immensely and I have gained much confidence and self-respect in myself. Sage provides a comfortable and trusting environment that not only fosters the ability to face personal issues, but also examines the causes and explores solutions to those issues.

I am new to seeking counseling, but I am not at all overstating my comments about this therapist. I tried one other therapist early in my situation but it was not at all helpful, and most importantly not hopeful. Finding Sage was indeed a blessing. She makes you “work” but never directs you - instead - she LISTENS and builds a unique and strong trust while guiding you to search within yourself for answers.

I consider myself very fortunate to have found this therapist; she is very good at what she does.
— Professional and business owner (2017)

PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENTS

Sage is a gifted therapist/healer. Big toolkit, big heart, fierce, loving, spiritual, capable.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for?
Individual, couples, almost anything.
— David Stern, PsyD (2017)