Sarah LaTessPsychologist

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In Pacific Time

What is your style/approach to therapy?

My approach to therapy is client-centered: supportive, warm, empathic, and collaborative. Ultimately my goal is to create a safe space where clients can be their authentic selves and feel truly understood.

What does a first session with you look like?

The first session is a time to get to know you and what you are seeking from therapy. If you have had prior therapy experiences and feel comfortable sharing, I would like to hear what worked and your likes/dislikes from those experiences so that I can tailor my approach accordingly. I am mindful of the fact that seeking therapy can be difficult, so my aim in the first session is to create a safe space to be vulnerable and answer any questions that may arise regarding how therapy will look/my approach to treatment.

In what ways does your personality influence your approach to therapy?

I have an easygoing personality, thus my therapy style typically falls on the less directive side of the spectrum. I have also used humor to help me cope in my life, so I may use humor (when appropriate and welcomed by the client) in my therapeutic approach as well.




Relationship Issues


Life transitions

General Expertise

Abuse/Survivors of abuse

Adolescent mental health

Anger management

Antisocial personality

Attachment issues

Body image issues

College & graduate student issues

Communication issues



First Session


Family Therapy


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Family Session

Couples Session

Individual Session


Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Attachment-Based Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Forensic Therapy

Humanistic Therapy

Motivational Interviewing

Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Psychodynamic Therapy

Training / Certifications

Forensic Concentration Certificate, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, 2015


CA, Psychologist, 31320


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

M.S., Clinical Psychology, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

M.A., Educational Psychology, Columbia University

B.A., Psychology, University of Arizona