Chicago Mind and Body

About Sarah


Sarah Farris is a Licensed Counselor in Illinois and Wisconsin. Sarah earned bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Spanish in 2004, then completed a master’s degree in Bicultural and Bilingual Studies in 2006. She then entered the field of psychiatric research and worked for 6 years at the UT Health Sciences Center at San Antonio. 

While working on a longitudinal research study examining impulsivity and risk taking behaviors in teens, Sarah completed a second master’s degree in Community Counseling to follow her clinical interests. As a counselor in training, she fulfilled practicum in a community counseling center that offered therapy to individuals of all ages. She completed counseling internships at the University of Incarnate Word where she provided therapy to college students and athletes. After completing her Master's in Counseling, she briefly worked as a counseling extern in nursing facilities in 2013. She then worked at a private therapy group practice for 4.5 years in Chicago before opening her own practice in 2017.


Counseling Focus

Sarah works with adults and specializes in treating anxiety. Her clients include college students, working professionals, adults throughout the lifespan, and amateur to elite athletes. Her style is client-centered and she primary utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based interventions.

Sarah has completed specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for the treatment of OCD and related conditions, including phobias, panic disorder, anxiety, and trichotillomania. She attended intensive trainings through the IOCDF’s BTTI (Behavioral Therapy Training Institute), Massachusetts General Hospital, and The TLC Foundation's Professional Training Institute, learning from experts in the field of treatments for OCD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs).

Athletes and Advocacy 

Sarah dedicates time outside of her practice to advocate for athlete populations. Sarah spent 25 years in Hunter/Jumper equestrian sports. In college and graduate school, she provided riding instruction and assisted in training young horses. She is now active in barbell and kettlebell programs and occasionally participates in amateur events. She is a member of the International OCD Foundation’s Anxiety in Athletes Task Force and as an advocate, Sarah helps develop mental health resources for athletes, coaches and caregivers.

Sarah also offers webinars for teams and clubs. She has been a guest speaker with IRONMAN to help address mental health considerations for long course triathletes. 


Sarah’s message to clients 

I seek to meet individuals where they are, and believe that clients are their own experts. I recognize the importance of being culturally competent and reflect on my impact as a therapist. I regularly seek out continuing education opportunities that support anti-racist, LGBTQ allied, and HAES aligned values in therapy. I aim to develop a goal-oriented, non-judgmental environment where clients can cope with challenges, make space for a little humor, and make meaningful adjustments in their lives.


Degrees, Certificates, and Licenses

Bachelor of Science, Psychology                               Roanoke College 2004
Bachelor of Arts, Spanish                                           Roanoke College 2004
Master of Arts, Bicultural and Bilingual Studies     UTSA 2006
Master of Arts, Community Counseling                   UTSA 2013
Specialist in Fitness Nutrition                                    ISSA 2015

Illinois LPC (2013 - 2017)
Illinois Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (2017- current)
Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (2019)
Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor (2022 - current)

Sarah’s Professional Memberships:

American Counseling Association (ACA)
International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)
Illinois Counseling Association (ICA)
Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association (IMHCA)



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Chicago Mind and Body
4256 N. Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60613


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