Sara Todd

Sara Todd (she/they)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I have over 15 years of experience supporting adults and teens in their journeys to find healing and greater wholeness.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503751-8660

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $$180

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2013

Services

  • Individual
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

You want to address the root causes of your pain and suffering. You know this means engaging in the hard work of healing that takes time. You know you have the innate capacity to heal. You are deeply curious about yourself and want to uncover what may be hidden from your awareness. You want to live more authentically and connect with others in a deeper way. You're looking to process difficult emotions and learn how to express and communicate these feelings in a healthy way.

My Approach to Helping

My approach is grounded in a psychodynamic understanding of the mind that integrates mindfulness and somatic practices. I emphasize your feelings and felt bodily experience. We will address the underlying causes of the issues that bring you to therapy. We'll help you find more freedom to move beyond unhelpful or stuck patterns. The insight you gain about yourself can give you more choice in how you respond to situations. You can have a better understanding of your feelings and desires and a deeper connection to your body. My commitment to you is providing a space free of judgment where you can speak freely and openly and say the things that are the most difficult to say aloud. My hope is that the therapeutic relationship we build together provides you with a sense of safety and support to be your authentic self and go for your desires. All genders, sexualities, relationship orientations, abilities, and body sizes are welcome.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I believe that the work of personal healing and transformation is the work of creating a more enlightened society. I’ve been practicing meditation since 2002 when I was drawn to Buddhist teachings on kindness and compassion. My work as a therapist is inextricably connected to my Buddhist vow to not contribute to more suffering and to do what I can to alleviate others’ suffering. I’m queer, non-binary, and neurodivergent. I come to this work with the lived experienced of loss and trauma early in my life and a journey of healing from depression and chronic fatigue. I deeply understand the power of therapy because I’ve experienced it firsthand.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Psychoanalytic  External link

    After graduate school, I completed two years of advanced clinical training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis in 2015. Prior to that, I participated in the fellowship program with the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute (2010-2011) and the fellowship program with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (2011-2013).

  • Psychodynamic  External link

    After graduate school, I completed two years of advanced clinical training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis in 2015. Prior to that, I participated in the fellowship program with the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute (2010-2011) and the fellowship program with the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis (2011-2013).

  • Mindfulness-based External link

    I am a Buddhist within the Shambhala tradition and have had a meditation practice for the last twenty years. I integrate mindfulness practices into my work with folks. This may include: noticing and attuning to physical sensations; slowing down and pausing during session in order to build tolerance for discomfort; self-compassion practices; noticing the role of the “inner critic” in your life; and recognizing and challenging unhelpful thought patterns.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Depression External link

    Depression has underlying, unconscious reasons for its existence. Together, we will figure out the root causes and bring about your innate capacity to heal. I have over fifteen years of experience working with folks who have struggled with depression. Oftentimes, depression is about unresolved grieving and anger turned towards the self. Therapy provides a path to properly mourn what's been lost and release anger that's been held in for too long.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    In our work together, your grieving will be accepted and seen for the normal, healing process that it is. Grieving is a normal, necessary process that makes us human. We grieve because we’re attached. We love. We grieve. It measures the depth and intensity of our attachment and love for people, places, experiences, and other living beings.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    Prior to working in mental health, I spent many years within LGBTQ rights movements. I care deeply about the impact of social injustice, homophobia, and transphobia on your mental health. I identify as queer and agender. I radically welcome and affirm all the beautiful and diverse ways you may identify and express yourself.

  • Spirituality External link

    Sometimes, the meditation cushion isn’t enough. Your meditation practice has benefited your life in profound ways, yet you’re needing more to address psychological wounds. I’ve been practicing meditation since 2002 when I was drawn to Buddhist teachings on kindness and compassion. I now identify as Buddhist and currently practice within both Tibetan and Zen traditions. I believe that the work of personal healing and transformation is the work of creating a more enlightened society.

  • Chronic Pain or Illness External link

    My treatment approach pays close attention to the body. Trauma shows up in the body– how we move and feel, illness, and physical symptoms. This may show up as fatigue or chronic pain. My approach will emphasize physical sensations, feelings, and emotions with the goal of processing trauma that’s stored in the body. The body has its own language and this is also driven by what’s unconscious.

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