Sarah Alana Friedman, LCSW

(she/her/hers)

About Me

Life is full of challenges! And while we work through and overcome many obstacles that come our way, there are times when we feel too overwhelmed to manage them on our own. Challenges can take many forms, whether as regular self-criticism, fear, depression, shame, obsessional thinking, processing a loss, conflict with someone important in our lives, or surviving abuse. These forms of suffering deserve kindness, understanding, and support. The right guidance can help us move through and decrease these symptoms so we can feel greater contentment and connection. I specialize in treating trauma, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and grief. I create a warm, safe and collaborative environment and tailor treatment to your needs. I love being a therapist and am continuously honored to help clients process and heal. My practice is fully virtual and I can see clients who live anywhere in New York State. Email me today for a free consultation.

Education & Experience

I have a Master in Social Work from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Applied Statistics from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have completed Basic Training in EMDR and am pursuing certification. I have completed Level 1 training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and individuals and have training in Grief and Exposure and Response Prevention from Columbia University.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

In addition to EMDRIA, I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and The International Centre For Excellence In Emotionally Focused Therapy.

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Couples
  • LGBTQ+

Language

  • English

Insurance

  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Sliding Scale
  • UnitedHealth

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