Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC
Accepting new clients for daytime appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Sarah Farris is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the Chicago Loop 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. Her office is located near the Washington/Wabash subway station and is accessible from the Brown, Orange, Purple, Green, and Pink lines.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
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
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
Mindfulness – Using techniques like breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and manage day-to-day stress
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) – Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
ADHD – Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
LGBTQIA topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Stress management – Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Initial/ongoing sessions: $130/session (53 min)
Message to clients
“In therapy, I seek to meet individuals where they are, and recognize that clients are their own experts in their lives. I aim to develop a goal-oriented, non-judgmental environment where clients can cope, grow, and make adjustments in their lives.”
Treatment approachesCognitive 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)
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)
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.
Education and work experience
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