Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients with a 2-3 week wait
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Loss & grief
Sarah Mermin is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Newport, Rhode Island with expertise in helping clients mindfully navigate anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress. Drawing from her experiences at a rape crisis/domestic violence center, she has a particular specialty in helping clients heal from relational, physical, and sexual trauma. She takes pride in building a safe space for clients to process their trauma at a comfortable pace and move forward with greater confidence into the future.
Additionally, Sarah enjoys supporting clients with anxiety and depression. She takes special care in helping her clients process difficult emotions, examine self-limiting patterns of thoughts and behaviors, and experiment with healthier coping mechanisms. She uses a blend of holistic, body-oriented approaches and mindfulness practices to help clients stay grounded in the present moment. Bringing over 20 years of experience as a yoga teacher, she is also able to offer therapeutic yoga to those interested in trying. In addition, she utilizes a mix of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Sarah enjoys supporting young adults, adults, and couples in her private practice. She is passionate about developing a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients, gently guiding them through emotional challenges, and building their sense of 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
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and complex trauma
Mindfulness – Using techniques like breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and manage day-to-day stress
LGBTQ and sexuality topics – Exploring questions related to sexuality and gender identity; coming out or being closeted; relationships; family and cultural challenges
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
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
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Chronic pain – Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Spirituality – Exploring the role that religion plays in daily life, including the relationship with a higher power, habits, and community; managing conflict and trauma in the context of faith
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Perinatal mental health – Anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns specific to childbearing women and their families; Navigating complex emotions and the transition to parenthood during pregnancy and the postpartum period
Transgender & gender identity topics – Exploring questions related to gender identity, including trans*, non-binary, and gender variant identities; navigating the barriers to and process of transition as well as its impact on you and those close to you
Sarah is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than Blue Cross Blue Shield and Tufts.
Initial/ongoing individual sessions: $125/session (50min)
Initial/ongoing couples sessions: $160/session (60min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $85 - $125 for individual session and $120 - $160 for couples sessions is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"I know it can be difficult to reach out for support. It takes courage. Please know that I hold all my clients with deep respect and compassion. I believe you already have what you need to know inside of you. Together we will uncover your authentic self- free of the protections you have had to develop in order to survive. It is my honor to accompany people through a transformation from surviving life to truly thriving."
Treatment approachesAccelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) AEDP focuses on the in-depth processing of trauma and emotional difficulties to encourage the formation of new, transformative, positive experiences. AEDP acknowledges the inner strength of each individual by activating the adaptive change process and building a strong emotional relationship with the client. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (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)
Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBCR) brings together the healing benefits of meditation and yoga to reduce stress, anxiety, and autonomic responses. (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)
Sensorimotor therapySensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered approach that aims to treat the somatic symptoms of unresolved trauma. Traumatic experiences may become trapped deep within the body, and therapists trained in this modality can help an individual begin to heal by helping that person re-experience, in a safe environment, the physical sensations associated with a traumatic event. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2003 - Present
Chelsea ASAP, 2001 - 2002
Boston's Children's Services, 1999 - 2001
Womansplace Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence, 1997 - 1999
Harborview Sexual Assault and Trauma Center, 1996-1997
University of WA, MSW 1996
Tufts University, BA 1990