Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
- Mindfulness-based approaches
- Borderline personality disorder
- Peripartum depression
- Couples counseling
- LGBTQ and gender identity issues
- Family issues
- Sexual identity
- Stress management
Sara Knight is an holistic counselor in North Kingstown, RI specializing in mindfulness-based practices for a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, peri- and post-partum depression, borderline personality disorder, sobriety and couples counseling. She also helps individuals through career and personal life changes, including adjustments in marriage and family life, and end-of-life experiences. She enjoys working with individuals who are ready to build skills to move into the future.
As both a counselor and doula, Sara has particular expertise in women's issues, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, childbirth support, and reproductive health. She sees women experiencing postpartum depression, helping them to build a support system within the home environment and to foster healthy attachment with their babies. Sara sees individuals from a variety of cultural, relational, and gender identities, and considers the mother's culture of origin and personal goals when offering care. Sara acknowledges that this type of depression can arise at any time during the first year after childbirth.
Sara also has experience supporting individuals with borderline personality disorder. She creates a safe, non-judgmental environment in which clients can focus on managing their symptom set through a variety of evidence-based approaches for recovery, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Sara utilizes a multi-faceted approach to therapy, offering skill-building, with practical and mindful supportive practices to contribute to personal growth and increase contentment in every day life. Her clients are typically engaged in small experiments, or homework, between sessions to highlight their existing strengths and use these competencies to move through challenges.
Mindfulness-based approaches – Developing tools to heighten awareness of internal and external environments; fostering resilience and self-compassion
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Adjustment – Building skills to navigate challenging life transitions, including losing or starting a job or relationship, getting married or divorced, having a baby, becoming empty nesters
Borderline personality disorder – Enduring maladaptive patterns of behavior, cognition, and inner experience
Peripartum depression – Peripartum anxiety and depression; developing healthy attachment with infants. Sees mothers who have postpartum psychosis and are on medications.
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Sexual identity – Questioning gender and sexuality; non-binary identification, transgender identification, queer identity, sexuality and power
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
Transgender topics – Provides therapeutic support before, during, and after transition
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)
Sara is not in-network with any insurances; however, she can assist clients with reimbursement for out-of-network services from their insurance companies. Read the benefits of out-of-network services here.
- Ongoing sessions: $150 (60min)
- Intake session: $200 (75min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"Therapy is a mode of relational experience. Over the course of the initial sessions, I endeavor to build a trusting and open relationship with my clients so that we can address their major areas of concern in a high-functioning interaction where strengths and competencies are highlighted, resources are identified, and goals are discovered and evolve."
Treatment approachesExistential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (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)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2010 - Present
Adjunct faculty, CCRI & NEIT 2015 - Present
Health and Wellness industry (service/sales/management), 2001 - Present
Doula (childbirth professional), 2002 - Present
Salve Regina, Doctoral Student (currently enrolled)
Salve Regina, MA Holistic Studies/CAGS Counseling, 2010/2011
Rhode Island College, BA English, 1995