Saara is a licensed psychologist who is committed to helping young professionals live their best life. She specializes in helping her clients gain clarity about their life purpose, manage stress and burnout related to career, and navigate challenges around dating and relationships. Often times this begins with identifying and shifting unhelpful thinking and behavior patterns that may be causing them to feel lost or stuck. She also specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders (i.e. panic disorder, social anxiety, phobias, and OCD), depression, and ADD/ADHD.
Her approach is action-oriented and collaborative. She utilizes evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help build coping skills and target maladaptive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors occurring in the present. She also utilizes psychodynamic/relational approaches to identify deeply ingrained patterns in relationships and explore the influence of previous experiences on current behaviors.
Saara received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium in Palo Alto. She is originally from Canada, where she completed her undergraduate degrees in Sociology from McGill University and Psychology from York University. Her clinical training includes working with underprivileged populations in community mental health, veterans at the VA, and performing clinical research and neuropsychological assessments at Stanford University. She completed her predoctoral internship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services and postdoctoral work at Notre Dame de Namur University Counseling Center.
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