Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Parents of transgender children
Sarah Ouellette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cranston, Rhode Island with specialties in treating depression, anxiety, substance use, eating disorders, and family support for parents of transgender children and those with eating disorders.
Sarah has a particular passion for supporting individuals with substance use challenges. She sees adults of all ages with challenges related to alcohol and/or drug use, including opioids. She utilizes a skills-based approach and also serves as a connection point to help clients access local supportive resources. Additionally, Sarah works with individuals experiencing eating challenges, including restrictive eating, in children through young adulthood, as well as their parents.
Sarah’s expertise in supporting families of transgender youth stems from her clinical work at Hasbro Hospital’s Medical Psychiatric Unit. She worked extensively with families who were struggling to understand or accept what their children were experiencing, and offers extensive education for parents around gender identity, hormonal treatment, and how to build trust and acceptance with their children.
Adolescent and child mental health – Anxiety, depression, mood disorders among teens and children
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
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, restrictive eating, and body image concerns
Family issues – Includes helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children; helping young adults navigate family issues
Parents of children with eating disorders – Offers support and education to families of teens and children with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder
Parents of transgender teens and children – Offers family therapy, advocacy, and support for parents of transgender youth, especially those feeling lost and/or in denial
Substance use – Sees youth and adults with addictions including alcohol, tobacco, opioids, marijuana, and other drugs
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Borderline Personality Disorder – Mental illness marked by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image, and behavior
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Panic disorders – Characterized by spontaneous panic attacks
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
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
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Brown University Student Insurance
Johnson & Wales University
RISD Student Insurance
URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance
Initial & ongoing sessions: $120
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Sarah can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"My approach is supportive and compassionate and I believe the foundation to successful therapy begins with establishing a trusting relationship between the therapist and the client. I work with people of all ages and I specialize in treating people with depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and trauma and specialize in working with parents and families of adolescents and children struggling with eating disorders and transgender issues. I use CBT and DBT strategies to help individuals to make desired changes in their lives. I work with couples seeking to improve their relationships."
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)
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)
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)
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. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Hasbro Children's Hospital, Partial & Inpatient Psychiatric Programs, 2014 - 2018
Arbour Counseling, 2013 - 2014
Butler Hospital, 2011 - 2013
Boston University School of Social Work, MSW, 2011
Brown University, BA, 1989