Sarah Lawley Chernick, LMFT

Preferred Name: Sarah

EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

My name is Sarah Lawley Chernick and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 115162). I have experience working with a variety of topics including disordered eating, body image, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, chronic health issues, and more. I take a holistic approach in therapy and believe it is very important to look at all aspects of our lives when we are on the path towards optimal healing. I utilize many evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Response and Prevention (ERP) Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. My approach incorporates elements of mindfulness and positive psychology. I have experience working with clients in a variety of settings including schools, community-based mental healthcare, intensive outpatient and inpatient psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, and private practice. I currently own and run Self emBody Therapy, a private practice based in San Diego, CA. I offer online therapy to clients located anywhere in the state of CA.

Education & Experience

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - 2014. Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology - 2017. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2019. Trained in EMDR since 2019, currently working towards EMDR Certification.

Specialty Area

  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Mood Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • First Responders
  • LGBTQ+
  • Veterans/Military


  • English