Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
Accepting new clients for mid-September appointments
Specialties & expertise
- Peripartum depression
- Attachment work
- Bipolar disorder
- Compulsive behaviors
- Existential challenges
Sarah Torrey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with expertise in infant and perinatal issues, including depression, anxiety, and attachment-related problems. Sarah also sees adults for depression, anxiety, and parenting. She uses a combination of attachment focused relational work, dyadic mother-baby work, mindfulness practices, psychodynamic therapy, and supportive therapy.
Sarah believes in the human capacity to remain open to new experiences and is especially dedicated to understanding and working with parents and families to help everyone (including infants and toddlers) negotiate their roles in family life and unlock the possibilities of these relationships.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks
Attachment Work – Attachment develops between an infant and caretaker in the first weeks of an infant's life, and affects how we learn about ourselves. With a secure attachment, infants feels there is an expectation that someone will be there, to let them go when appropriate, and to welcome them back when they need it. In an insecure attachment, mothers may not know whether to pick up their infant or when to let go. We work on developing healthy attachment together.
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
Peripartum depression – Peripartum anxiety and depression; developing healthy attachment with infants
Bipolar disorder – Using coping and preventive strategies to stabilize swings between elevated mood or irritability and depressive episodes
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
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 Health Insurance
- Providence College (United Health)
- United Health
- RISD Student Insurance (United Health)
- URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance (United Health)
- Initial sessions: $150/session (60min)
- Ongoing sessions: $110/session (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is negotiable for 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 curiosity about people's lives, relationships, feelings and the way they create meaning is at the heart of my practice in psychotherapy. I am deeply interested in the complexities and possibilities of family life. As human beings, we all must negotiate daily the emotional landscapes of our families, past and present. I have been doing that with adults and families in various capacities for over twenty years.
Risking the step of seeking help takes both hope and courage. Psychotherapy, with its focus on the possibility of new ways of thinking, being with ourselves and others and experiencing our internal worlds, can create a collaboration and partnership within which to tackle challenges together.
My goal in therapy is to provide you with the structure and emotional safety to explore and share what isn’t working in your life, your relationships, your parenting, your worklife or your relationship with your body, without judgment. I believe strongly in the capacity of humans to remain open to new experience, in spite of what they may have encountered in the world to discourage that habit. I believe too that all relationships hold open the possibility for connection at a deep level: feeling seen, feeling heard and feeling felt. It’s what we all long for."
Attachment-Focused Relational TherapyAttachment-focused relational therapy aims to strengthen the relationship between child and family by involving the entire family in the therapeutic process.
Dyadic Mother-Infant TherapyDyadic mother-infant therapy targets the relationship between mother and infant in order to improve the mental health of both mom and baby. Dyadic mother-infant therapy may be useful in supporting challenges such as excessive crying, sleeping or eating difficulties, or postpartum depression. (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)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (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, 2008 - Present
Infant-Parent Training Institute, Faculty
Infant-Parent Training Institute, 2-year fellowship
Simmons School of Social Work, MSW, 1989