Sarah Zimmerman

Sarah Zimmerman (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A. in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy

Supervisor: Deah Baird, LPC and Anne-Marie Benjamin, LPC

The heart of what I do is support couples and relationships in our community.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503-300-5340

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $125-$95

Provides free initial consultation

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual
  • Relationship

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket

My Ideal Client

You may be feeling lonely, stuck, hopeless, frustrated or misunderstood. You love and care about each other, but lately it has been feeling hard to connect. You want the sweet, easy connection and intimacy that you had earlier in your relationship, and mostly just long to feel deeply seen, heard and understood. 

What I Specialize In

When I work with couples and relationships, I’m interested in helping support you in navigating tough conversations, building a solid foundation together, and getting your relational needs met. I am passionate about working with couples and relationships around: getting free from the cycle of conflict, communicating more skillfully together, mending and tending to trust issues, finding more sexual satisfaction, healing old hurts, and sinking into more relational security together. When I work with individuals, I'm interested in helping you sink into being fully you while being in relationship with others. That might mean learning more about who you are, discovering your needs in relationship, getting support with boundaries and saying "no," processing your childhood and past, or growing your ability to being more vulnerable with others. I want to support you in being your full, authentic self.

My Approach to Helping

Couples and intimate partners all have patterns in the way that they relate based on their early attachment histories. What this means is that when we get into relationship, we might find ourselves having the same argument about the dishes that doesn't actually feel like it is about the dishes. What I'm interested in helping you do is get to the heart of the matter and communicate about it together. In addition to my training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Nonviolent Communication, Hakomi Therapy and Sensorimotor Therapy, I bring an anti-oppressive lens to my work with clients. I am a white, cis, able-bodied, middle-class woman married to a white man living and working in Portland, Oregon (occupied land of the Clackamas and Cowlitz).

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • Emotionally Focused External link

    Couples and intimate partners all have patterns in the way that they relate based on their early attachment histories. EFT uses present-moment experience to become more aware of these usually unconscious ways of relating and help partners find more connection by communicating more vulnerably and directly to each other.

  • Couples Counseling External link

    The heart of what I do is support couples and relationships in our community. Couples and intimate partners all have patterns in the way that they relate based on their early attachment histories. What this means is that when we get into relationship, we might find ourselves having the same argument about the dishes that doesn't actually feel like it is about the dishes. What I'm interested in helping you do is get to the heart of the matter and communicate about it together.

  • Hakomi External link

    Hakomi Therapy uses present-moment experience, like thoughts, body sensations, feelings, etc., to elucidate “core material” (unconscious ways of being in the world) and transform it, often through mindful experiments.

  • Sensorimotor External link

    Present-moment experience is used, with special attention on body sensations. This modality can be especially powerful when there is trauma. Bringing mindful attention to body sensations allows trauma activation to processed in a manageable way.

  • Nonviolent Communication External link

    Are you bummed about the state of your relationships? Relationships are hard. Our Nonviolent Communication (NVC) inspired Radical Relating groups teach you to communicate directly from your heart. You might be wondering, what’s so radical about relating? We think it’s a radical notion to slow down, pay attention to how we feel and communicate that to other people in a relational way. Learn more and apply to join us! RadicalRelatingPdx.com

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Relationship / Marriage Issues External link

    The heart of what I do is support couples and relationships in our community. You may be feeling lonely, stuck, hopeless, frustrated or misunderstood. You love and care about each other, but lately it has been feeling hard to connect. You want the sweet, easy connection and intimacy that you had earlier in your relationship, and mostly just long to feel deeply seen, heard and understood.

  • Personal Growth External link

    The heart of what I do is support couples and relationships in our community. When I work with individuals, I'm interested in helping you sink into being fully you while being in relationship with others. That might mean learning more about who you are, discovering your needs in relationship, getting support with boundaries and saying "no," processing your childhood and past, or growing your ability to being more vulnerable with others. I want to support you in being your full, authentic self.

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