My name is Sarah Wood, and I'm a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Claremont, CA. I've been a clinician for more than a decade, and my work isn't just work for me-- it's my passion.
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'm 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'm 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 love working with all types of relationship configurations and sexual identities, and I'm dedicated to providing a safe space for people to develop a healthier relationship with their sexuality, as well as healthier and more satisfying relationships with others.
I believe that all people possess deep inner resources of strength and wisdom, and are capable of overcoming even the most overwhelming circumstances. I believe that people are the experts on their own lives, and I feel honored to walk alongside my clients on their journey towards health and wholeness. 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 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'm somatically oriented, and view the mind-body connection as integral in understanding who you are as a whole person. I'm an intersectional feminist therapist, which means that I know that the personal and political are inextricably connected, and I pay special attention to how power dynamics and oppression affect mental health and well-being. I have completed advanced training in Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and Attachment-Focused EMDR, and I integrate these approaches into my work with my clients to help resolve trauma.
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.