Sarah Bennett – Counseling Trainee

Therapeutic Style: My therapeutic style is grounded in the belief that all people have inherent goodness. I believe a student’s motivations for therapy are central to our work together and that motivation can be nurtured through self-awareness and self-acceptance. Throughout the therapeutic process, we can work toward pulling apart and mending together assumptions, thoughts and experiences. My intention is to learn about you with you as the expert.

My theoretical approach integrates cognitive-behavioral interventions with Interpersonal, Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Existential Therapy through a transformative justice and systems-focused lens. I believe individual healing is essential to shift the ways in which we engage in systems change and resistance. I sincerely enjoy collaborating with students on this journey.

Professional Interests:  I have enjoyed working with individuals ranging from preschool-aged children with developmental disabilities to adults with severe and pervasive mental health disorders at an outpatient rehabilitation center. I have extensive clinical experience with adolescents in Syracuse’s city schools and have strong professional and personal ties within this school district. My clinical interests include anxiety, depression, transition and adjustment, early trauma experiences, relationships, codependency, identity formation, meaning building, grief and loss.

Groups and Liaison Roles: I have experience leading a variety of therapy groups for adults with severe and persistent mental health disorders and adults in recovery from substance abuse.

Education Background: I earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology at Syracuse University. Currently, I am a master of social work student at Syracuse University.