Sarah Ashbrook, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California

Sarah Ashbrook, LMFT

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My name is Sarah Ashbrook and I am a licensed psychotherapist. Choosing a therapist can be difficult because it is so important to find a good connection when looking for someone to trust. I have had a psychotherapy practice for 15+ years and have been in the addiction field for 25 years. In addition to my private practice, I work full time in the mental health field. I'm supportive, relational, and eclectic, which means I meet client where they are, listen, try to find the methodology that works best for each individual client, and provide a variety of tools and techniques as needed. I provide unconditional positive regard and a safe place for clients to grow.

It’s important to find a good connection when looking for someone to trust. I'm a licensed psychotherapist 15+ years and have been in the addiction field for 25+ years. I'm supportive, relational, eclectic, and try to find the best methodology for every client. I provide unconditional positive regard, a safe place for clients to grow, and use a variety of tools and techniques as needed. One of my specializations is working with substance use, abuse, and/or addiction issues.
I support adults in their desire to grow and heal and advance beyond their limitations and recover. Recovery is defined as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. Some benefits of psychotherapy include: Therapy's effects persist over time; It will give you a whole new perspective on other people, too; Knowing how to deal with problems, big and small, in a healthy way is an essential skill; You know you're not alone; You won't have to self-medicate anymore; And, therapy can bring about changes at the level of the brain!

One of my specializations is working with substance use, abuse, and/or addiction issues. I have worked in the addiction field for over 20 years, with both sides of the dynamic. I'm well versed in working with individuals who use substances and individuals who stay in relationships with addicts/alcoholics, and the nuances of the adult child of alcoholics (ACOA). I am experienced working with dual disorders / co-occurring disorders, such as, substance use and anxiety, depression, trauma, etc. I often use combinations of DBT and/or CBT, and explore early traumas as possible causal factors, and try to find the methodology that works best for each individual client. I'm well-versed in 12-step recovery, harm reduction, DBT and CBT. If we get stuck, I have also been trained in EMDR. I can absolutely provide concrete tools, which may include homework assignments and/or some of the many tools of 12 step recovery groups.
As for my theoretical approach, I would say I am at my core Rogerian, which is to provide unconditional positive regard and a safe place for clients to to grow beyond their limitations in an interactive, supportive, environment. I would be honored to be chosen as your therapist.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Alcohol Or Drug Use/Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Other
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Trauma & Ptsd
  • Women's Issues

Therapy Types

  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Other

Community Specialties

  • 12-Step Programs

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$150.00 - $200.00
Sliding Scale
Yes
Pay By
Cash, Check, Paypal, Credit Card, Visa

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
17
License(s)
License #
state
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
MFC #46261
California
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
CSU Hayward
MS Counseling
2005