My work with people has brought about an appreciation for the human experience and has deepened my desire to provide everyone with a space to be seen. I have been fortunate enough to work with people of all ages, and it has taught me that when given the opportunity, each person is able to step into the best version of themselves even when their circumstances are difficult. At the core of our being, we all long to be connected, whether that is with others in relationships or with ourselves.
To accomplish meaningful change, I take a collaborative approach with my clients, helping them to discover their strengths and instilling hope early on. Together, we create goals that are specific, attainable, and measurable so that you will be able to recognize your progress within our work.
A trusting therapeutic relationship is one of the most important factors within treatment. I strive to be a therapist you genuinely like and get along with, who’s knowledge you trust, who inspires growth, and who works courageously and compassionately to support your goals.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Child mental health
Children can be impacted by things like anxiety, depression, ADHD and more. However, they can be difficult to identify because kids aren’t always able to communicate effectively. Untreated, child mental health issues can have long-term effects.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Abuse includes any significant mistreatment along the lines of psychical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and neglect. Survivors of abuse may experience negative thoughts and feelings, flashbacks, distrust of others, social withdrawal, self-harm, and increased likelihood of developing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Adolescent mental health
Adolescent mental health focuses on adolescent-specific experiences including physical and cognitive development, social and environmental factors, sex, sexual identification and orientation, emotional processing, and substance use. Given the influence that parents/guardians have on adolescents, home life is a particularly important consideration.
Children that experience parents and/or guardians that are avoidant, ambivalent, or resistant from an early age, may develop attachment issues. This can manifest as difficulty forming or maintaining friendships, romantic relationships and empathetic bonds throughout life, as well as other issues.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Training
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training
Interpersonal Psychotherapy Certification
Child-Parent Psychotherapy Accreditation
Positive Parenting Program Accreditation
Play Therapy Training
Managing and Adapting Practices Therapist Status
Brain Development of Young Children
Mental Health for Young Children with Developmental Delays Training
Trauma Response in Infants Training
Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification
CA, LCSW, 102796
MSW, Social Work, California State University Long Beach
B.S., Criminal Justice, California State University Long Beach
Ms. Escalante is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 7 years’ experience providing psychotherapy to preschool and school-aged children, adolescents, and adults in outpatient and school settings. Having received extensive additional training and certifications, Sarah practices several evidence-based psychotherapies, including Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Positive Parenting (PPP). Specialized training has also prepared her to work with toddlers who have experienced early childhood trauma. Her clinical specialties include depression and anxiety, trauma, adjustment, divorce, grief and loss, attachment, interpersonal relationships, early childhood mental health, child/adolescent disruptive behavior, and parenting. Sarah provides a safe space in therapy through empathy and compassion and she tailors each client's treatment to their specific individual needs. She is dedicated to assisting her clients in meeting their goals, improving their lives, and making lasting changes toward wellness.
Remote Therapist, Newport Beach, 92660, CA