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Behavioral Wellness Clinic

MENTAL HEALTH & COUNSELING SERVICES IN CONNECTICUT AND ONLINE


Sara Reed, MS

Therapist

Relationships

Relationships are the foundation of human existence and knowing how to navigate the space between relationships can be extremely challenging. As a systems-based therapist, Sara helps individuals work through difficult relationships and find meaning and contentment in the present moment. She provides systemic-oriented therapy to individuals and families, who present with a variety of psychological, emotional, and relational problems. She works with couples confronting issues of conflict, infidelity, domestic abuse, and other relationship difficulties. She also intervenes to improve the quality of parent-child relationships.

Evidence-Based Treatments

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Sara has expertise with a variety of anxiety disorders, most notably obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which she treats with a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) known as Exposure and Ritual Prevention (ERP) — the gold standard for this disorder. Other specialty areas include providing research-based treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, health anxiety, phobias, and distress surrounding gender dysphoria.

Discrimination and Trauma

Sara works extensively with individuals who have endured discrimination-related stress and trauma, particularly surrounding experiences of racism. Her approach includes detoxification from internalized racism, with a focus on validation, empowerment, mindfulness, and strengthening of ethnic identity. She also utilizes the gold-standard PTSD treatment prolonged exposure for the resolution of traumatic memories and intrusive thoughts.

Alternative Therapies

Sara's experience includes the roles of research Study Coordinator and Therapist for an FDA approved trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD at the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) in the Department of Psychiatry, in Farmington, Connecticut. She received extensive training in the delivery of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), supervised by study director Dr. Michael Mithoefer and training from many other experts on the MAPS team.

Sara has also received training in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and is currently a Therapist for a psilocybin study at Yale for major depressive disorder. These are a cutting-edge treatments for people who have not responded to traditional therapies. Sara is available to assist people who are working to integrate and resolve experiences involving non-ordinary states of consciousness.

Background

Sara received her undergraduate degree in Bioethics and Philosophy from the University of Louisville in Kentucky, and her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University in Georgia. Prior to her move to Connecticut, she worked as a licensed marriage and family therapist associate at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Louisville. Sara has also been featured in the media and receives regular invitations to academic conferences to present her work.

Media

Ofgang, E. (2018, October 22). Psychedelic Drugs Show Promise For Treatment of PTSD. Connecticut Magazine.

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Articles

Reed, S. (2019, January 11). The Damage of White Feminism: An Anecdote. Chacruna.

Selected Presentations

Ching, T. H. W., Williams, M. T., Kisicki, Reed, S. J., & George, J. (2017, November). MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Treatment-Resistant PTSD: MAPS-Sponsored Phase 2 Findings & Cultural Considerations for Phase 3 Trials. Poster session at the 51st Annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego, CA.

Siu, W., & Reed, S. (2018, April 17). MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy: “Our Experiences as Subjects in an FDA-Approved Clinical Trial.” University of Connecticut.

Reed, S. (2018, June). Ego Dissolution, Racial Wounds, and the Female Body: Stories from a Black Woman's Cellular Membrane. AFTA Annual Conference, June 21-23, 2018, Austin, TX.

Reed, S. (2018, November 19). Ego Dissolution, Racial Wounds, and the Female Body: A Journey Home. Women and Psychedelics Conference. California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA.

Williams, M. T., Wetterneck, C. T., Reed, S., Siu, W., Ching, T. & George, J. (2018, November 8-10). Psychedelic Therapy for PTSD in People of Color. Panel presentation for 34th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Washington, DC.

BEHAVIORAL WELLNESS CLINIC

392 MERROW RD, SUITE E
TOLLAND, CT 06084
OFFICE: (860) 830-7838
FAX: (860) 454-0667

 
CLINICAL DIRECTOR: MONNICA WILLIAMS, PHD
OFFICE MANAGER: JASMINE FAIRFAX
BUSINESS MANAGER: MATTHEW JAHN

 
FRONT DESK PHONE HOURS
M: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm & 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm [Zo/Jd]
Tu: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm [Ma]
W: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm [Zo]
Th: 3:45 pm - 6:30 pm [Jd]
F: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm [Ma]
S: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm [Jd]