Sara Sheikh, LCSW-C
Trauma-informed therapy for children and families online only (due to COVID) across DC and Maryland.
I’m Sara Sheikh, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who enjoys working with children and families. My specialty includes working with clients who have challenges with overwhelming emotions or behaviors, and difficulties in their relationships due to unresolved trauma, chronic stress, grief or loss. I am trained in Trauma-Focused CBT, Attachment Regulation Competency (ARC) Framework, Trauma -Informed Play Therapy, Mindfulness-Based CBT, EMDR and Yoga-Based Psychotherapy. My goal is to help you stop feeling and acting overwhelmed and start guiding you to where things feel manageable again.
I received a Masters of Social Work with a primary concentration of Clinical with a specialization in Mental Health from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
My bachelor’s degree is in Cultural Anthropology. I am a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical and a Clinical Supervisor approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners. I serve as a Field Instructor for the University of Maryland, School of Social Work.
I obtained a Certification in Hospice Care and as an End of Life Doula with Gilchrist Hospice Care. I am a 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher through Bhagavata-Sevaya School of Yoga and The Sivananda Yoga Ashram.
My Journey To Becoming A Holistic Psychotherapist
I’m no different from the clients I see. I’ve been through both wonderful and difficult experiences that have shaped who I am and how I help others.
As a young adult I was gifted with the opportunity to work with an EMDR therapist. She helped me heal from the effects of an early childhood trauma and restore hope in my life. Alongside this, I began learning and practicing mindfulness meditation and yoga. This somatic approach to healing helps me understand how trauma lives in the body and informs how I help others navigate their personal healing journeys.
I am passionate about preventative care, early intervention and normalizing the need for mental health care in the lives of children and families. I understand the importance of creating a safe space for adults to approach and heal uncomfortable feelings from their past.
My life experiences are what led me to become the Holistic Psychotherapist I am today.
Helping People Is A Gift To Others, But Also To Myself
Being a Psychotherapist is an honor. I love helping people become healthier and more empowered, and witnessing them achieve more fulfilling lives. The most rewarding thing about being a Psychotherapist is seeing a person walk away lighter, more free, and excited about their life.
I am committed to guiding you to where things feel manageable again.
I Have Compassion For People And Bring Supportive, Clarifying and Dynamic Energy To Sessions.
I have a natural ability to:
- Help people identify what they are feeling
- Help people feel comfortable
- Accept people for who they are and in their current life circumstances
- Help clients heal their past and manage the present
People who know me often say that I am a good listener with a calming demeanor, who can help people through difficult and stressful times.
Our Sessions Are Focused On You
Sessions will provide you with the space to explore your thoughts, feelings, and goals. In feeling safe and comfortable, you’ll be able to explore what you need and be understood and heard.
It’s important to me to create safety within a session and check in on your progress as we go. There isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to Trauma-informed therapy. Our sessions will fit your specific needs and concerns.
As a Holistic Therapist, I Embrace The Following Philosophies
- I believe that therapy should address the person as a whole – their mind, body, and spirit
- I believe that you are worthy of love and care
- I believe that there is no shame in asking for help
- I believe that emotions heal when they are witnessed and validated
I believe that sometimes small steps in the right direction end up being the biggest steps in the end