Sara Whitney, MA, LMFTA
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
Please note: When we can safely resume in-person appointments for those who want them, Sara will be available for both online/telehealth and in-person appointments.
Sara's specialty areas:
- Relationships / Marriage / Premarital / Dating
- Sex / Sexuality / Intimacy
- Alternative Relationship Structures (polyam, open relationships, consensual non-monogamy)
- Sexual Challenges
- Low/No Sexual Desire or Frequency
- Co-occurring Disorders (substance use along with anxiety or depression)
- Anxiety & Depression
- Grief & Loss
- Older Adults
During our work together, we will be doing just that - working together! In our sessions initially I'll help you to identify what you (and your partner, if couples therapy) would like to see improved and how you visualize yourself, your relationship, and really your life by the end of therapy. From there I help you to recognize patterns, beliefs, and behaviors that may be keeping you stuck. My approach to helping you in this process is through a ‘person-centered’ therapeutic lens, as I trust that you are the expert in your life and that I am here to help you to understand your potential for positive change and to help facilitate that change. In addition to a person-centered approach, the individual therapy I conduct draws from Narrative Therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS). My approach to couples therapy is informed by the Gottman Method, which draws on over 45 years of research into how people in relationships can facilitate lasting change and create the relationship they have been craving.
I am a queer, white, able-bodied, cis-gender woman who was raised in the Northwest. My interest in becoming a relational therapist stems from my own experience with couple’s therapy as a client and seeing the wonders it did for my personal growth and the growth in my relationship. I have a deep belief that individual and relational therapy can be life changing. I understand that the therapy process can be daunting and requires vulnerability, which can be a big ask for many – especially for folks who have experienced significant trauma and hardship in their lives. A central goal of our work together is to create a safe and empowering space for you to grow within yourself and/or within your relationship(s).
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Evergreen State College and my Masters degree in Couples and Family Therapy with a Sex Therapy certificate. I have worked in the mental health field for over 10 years and have worked with individuals and couples who have a diverse range of lived experiences. I am a current member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Washington State Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT), as well as the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
When not in session, I can be found spending time with family and friends, continuing my efforts in social justice work, riding my bicycle or improving my surfing skills.