Sarah Church, PhD

Sarah Church

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments


 

Clientele

Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Couples
Families
Parents
Seniors (65+)

Hours

Mon: 8:00am-8:00pm
Tue: 8:00am-8:00pm
Wed: 8:00am-8:00pm
Thu: 8:00am-8:00pm
Fri: 8:00am-8:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed

Specialties & expertise

  • Alcohol and substance abuse

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic pain

  • Depression

  • Relationships

  • Compulsive behaviors


Professional statement

Dr. Sarah Church is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder & Executive Director of Wholeview Wellness, an outpatient addiction treatment center in Midtown Manhattan. Dr. Church brings more than two decades of experience treating patients navigating substance and alcohol use disorders and other mental health issues  to the practice, which provides evidence based care in a collaborative setting. She also treats a variety of other issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, trauma and chronic pain. Dr. Church supports patients in all stages of recovery and works with each individual to determine treatment goals.

Therapy with Dr. Church is evidence-based and patient-centered. She draws primarily from Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) to help clients increase internal motivation for change, and to develop sustainable coping skills, while fostering the development of a strong social network and finding meaningful activities to engage in. Dr. Church also works closely with psychiatrists and supports medication-assisted treatments when appropriate and encourages patients to engage in group therapy outside of individual sessions.

Dr. Church supports each patient to make decisions that are reflective of their true personal values. She also welcomes family members of those affected by addiction to her practice, helping them to  support their loved ones in seeking care. Wholeview Wellness is conveniently located a short walk from Grand Central.


Specialties

Alcohol and substance use – Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Anxiety
– Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Chronic pain – Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

General expertise

Anger management – Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
Compulsive behaviors – Coping with overwhelming urges and impulses, such as hair pulling or skin picking; developing alternative ways to reduce stress and alleviate suffering
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
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
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others


Insurances

Dr. Church is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial session: $275/session (60min)

  • Ongoing sessions: $275/session (45min)

  • Group sessions: $125

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $200 - $275 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

Therapist's note: Dr. Church can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Message to clients

“I have developed a positive innovative approach to treatment which uses respectful and flexible techniques that have been proven to be effective in helping people move forward in their life. I approach treatment with a simple goal. To help my patients create and live healthy and happy lives.”


Treatment approaches

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (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)
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)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)

Education and work experience

Wholeview Wellness, Founder and Executive Director, 2018 - Present
Division of Substance Abuse at Montefiore Medical Center, Executive Director, 2005 - 2018
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Assistant Professor, 2001 - 2018

Substance Treatment and Research Service (STARS) at Columbia University Medical Center, Postdoctoral Year
Yale University School of Medicine
, Predoctoral Fellowship
Fordham University, PhD
Columbia University, BA


Languages

English