About

Sarah’s Background

Sarah Farris is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and is certified as a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition through ISSA. She began studying Psychology and Spanish in 2000 as an undergraduate at Roanoke College, then earned a master’s degree in Bicultural and Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She then pursued a career in Psychiatric research at the UT Health Science Center exploring impulsive behaviors and severe mental illness. During her time conducting a longitudinal research study, she received an additional master’s degree in Community Counseling to follow her interests in clinical work.

 

Counseling Experience

Sarah works with adults, though she has experience working with teens, families, university student and competitive athletes, and geriatric patients. Her background is in treating anxiety, stress management, life transitions and relationship issues. She takes a client-centered approach and primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness practices to focus on the unique therapeutic goals of her clients. She aims to create a goal-oriented, non-judgmental environment to enable clients to cope, grow, and make adjustments in their lives.

Sarah has a special interest in treating Anxiety Disorders and has completed advanced trainings in the practice and application of Exposure and Response prevention. Sarah’s interests also include helping individuals develop healthy communication and assertive skills. In addition to the Chicago Mind and Body blog, Sarah is a past Expert Topic Contributor for the Good Therapy website. You can read those entries here.

Sarah’s Professional Memberships: 

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

Sarah’s Complete Trainings and Specialized Certificates

2015

  • Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition – International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)

2017

  • Exposure and Response Prevention for Anxiety – Related Disorders (Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital)
  • Sports Psychology:  Strategies for Life Balance and Peak Performance (TZK Seminars)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness:  An Integrative Evidence-Based Approach (PESI)
  • Digital Confidentiality According to Profession Ethics and HIPPA:  A Heart Centered Approach (Person-Centered Tech)
  • Illinois Mental Health and the Law (PESI)
  • Nutritional and Integrative Interventions for Mental Health Disorders:  Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions for Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar & ADHD (PESI)
  • 7 Tips for Introducing Telemental health to Clients/Patients (Telebehavioral Health Institute)

2018

  • CBT for Anxiety (PESI)
  • Exploring the Commonality and Complementary Elements and Integrative Use of CBT, DBT, and ACT Therapy Skills (IMHCA)
  • Understanding OCD and Treatment with Exposure and Response Prevention (TZK Seminars)
  • The Road to Compliance:  HIPPA Compliance for Mental Health Counselors (IMHCA)
  • Hormones and Performance (ISSA)
  • Hormones and Exercise Part 1:  What Every Professional Trainer Should Know (ISSA)
  • Group, Peer, and Triadic Clinical Supervision Strategies (IMHCA)
  • Advanced Issues in Counseling Supervision (IMHCA)
  • Addressing Ethics and Best Practices in Supervision (IMHCA)

2019

  • Introductory Competencies for LGBTQ-Affirmative Counseling (ACA)
  • Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (IOCDF)
  • The Science of Fat and Sugar:  Appetite, Eating Disorders & The Reward System

2020

  • The Antiracist Therapy Room:  Addressing Racial Equity, Race-Based Trauma, and Racism (The Knowledge Tree)
  • Intersectionality for Human Service Professionals (CSPH)
  • Legally Practicing Across Borders:  Interstate and International Mental Health Practice, During and Post-COVID (Person-Centered Tech)
  • Legally Practicing Across Borders:  A detailed Survey of Interstate and International Mental Health Practice (Person-Centered Tech)
  • OCD and Co-occurring Anxiety Disorders:  Conceptualization and Treatment (IOCDF)
  • Online OCD Conference (IOCDF)
  • How to Protect Clients and Comply with HIPPA’s Device Security Standards (Person-Centered Tech)
  • Integrating ERP and ACT (IOCDF)
  • Mandated Reporter Training:  Reporting Child Abuse (IMHCA)
  • Nutritional Psychiatry and Brain Health (INR)
  • Sexual Harassment Training (ICA)

2021

  • Ten Things That Every OCD Therapist Should Know About Tic Disorders (IOCDF)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Body Dysmorphic Disorder:  An Introductory Online Course (MGH)
  • Dealing with Insurance:  How Auditors Think and Why (Person-Centered Tech)
  • The Gut-Brain Connection:  Facts, Fads, and Fallacies (INR)
  • Treating Patients Diagnosed with OCD and PTSD (IOCDF)
  • How We Need to Give Clients Access to Their Records, Now and in the Future (Person-Centered Tech)