Sarah Silva — Therapist
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Sarah Silva is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012. Sarah is known for being able to establish a connection with individuals right from day one. Sessions are intended to be supportive, challenging, and informative. Sarah believes the relationship between client and therapist is the most important part of facilitating personal growth.
Get to know Sarah
Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012. While Sarah is the founder and director of Accepting, a private practice in Chicago, she joins Resilience as a practicum student as she works towards a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision through Walden University. Originally from New Jersey, Sarah chose to pursue her master’s degree in Chicago for the opportunities to expand her professional network and to continue her exposure to a diverse population.
Sarah has four primary areas of interest and specialty. First, she has a focus in the area of anxiety and enjoys working with those who struggle with general anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Sarah recognizes that anxiety also takes the shape of difficulty managing daily stressors, having low self-confidence, and a chronic sense of perfectionism. Sarah also has specific training in the area of addiction and works with those who experience alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, gambling, food, and porn addictions. Sarah is also passionate about acculturation and assisting those who may be new to the Chicagoland area or to the United States.; as a first-generation Portuguese American she is available to provide services to individuals in Portuguese.
In terms of her therapeutic style, Sarah utilizes an integrative approach to tailor the best treatment for each client. Sarah enjoys using a nonjudgmental stance to accept clients as they are and uses collaboration to assist clients get the most out of therapy. Sarah’s primary therapeutic approach includes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Sarah also values the importance of building a client’s strengths so clients are empowered to take charge in their own therapy. Sarah provides psychoeducation as needed to help clients understand their emotions and how to cope so they can live the life they want.
Sarah’s clients appreciate her calm, nonjudgmental demeanor that makes her easy to talk with. As a first-generation American, Sarah recognizes the importance of cultural competency and has always been passionate about making others feel comfortable no matter their ethnic, cultural, religious, financial, or sexual background. Sarah’s clinical experience has ranged from working in community mental health agencies on the Southside of Chicago, working as a crisis intervention specialist in emergency rooms, being a clinical supervisor for an Assertive Community Treatment team, as well as being a clinician in private practice. These experiences have exposed Sarah to the importance of being humble and providing clients with a space to feel accepted and validated.
When she’s not working, Sarah values quality time engaging in self-care practices such as weight lifting and floating in sensory deprivation tanks. She also enjoys spending time with her loved ones and trying out new restaurants in Chicago. Sarah believes balance in life is key to being present for her clients.