My name is Sarah Wood, and I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Claremont, CA.
I specialize in working with people who are survivors of interpersonal trauma, such as childhood abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, and sexual abuse and assault, or are adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families. I help clients work through issues of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, codependency, dissociation and derealization, and more. I am experienced in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, dissociative disorders, substance abuse and dependence, mood and anxiety disorders, and personality disorders.
I am a sex-positive, feminist, LGBTQIA+ affirmative, social-justice-oriented, polyamory-friendly and kink-informed therapist. Sexuality is an integral part of the human experience, and I believe that all people deserve to work with a therapist who understands their identity and sexual practices without fear of stigmatization. I am comfortable working with all types of “alternative” relationship configurations and sexual identities, and I am passionate about providing a safe and contained space for people to develop a healthier relationship with their own sexuality, as well as healthier and more satisfying relationships with others.
I believe that each of my clients possesses deep inner resources of strength and wisdom, and that they are capable of overcoming even the most overwhelming circumstances. I feel honored to walk alongside them on their journey. I bring authenticity, insight, humor, and compassion into each session, in addition to my professional training. My clients often say that I am easy to open up to and easy to trust.
My approach to therapy is integrative and collaborative, taking into consideration the unique perspectives and sociocultural experiences of each person. I draw from several different schools of thought in my practice, but all of them place great importance on the therapeutic relationship: on forming an authentic connection with you, helping you create a sense of safety, and allowing you to feel seen and understood. I view the mind-body connection as integral in understanding who you are as a whole person– I am trained in Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and Attachment-Focused EMDR, and I integrate these approaches into my work with my clients to treat mind-body symptoms. My approach to therapy is also informed by emotion-focused therapy, internal family systems therapy, and feminist therapy, and I will also often include mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral techniques in our work.
If you are interested in trauma therapy, EMDR, somatic therapy, or sex-positive therapy, and you live in Claremont, Upland, Pomona, La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora, Rancho Cucamonga, or one of the other surrounding cities in the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire, or you live elsewhere in California and want telehealth services, contact me to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation and learn more about how I can help.