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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.

Clinical Specialties

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Relationships and Intimacy
  • Discrimination and Ethnic Identity
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Domestic Abuse

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, trichotillomania (compulsive hair-pulling), 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 has experience in the use of prolonged exposure for the resolution of traumatic memories and intrusive thoughts.

Psychedelic Medicine

Outside of the clinic, Sara works as the Study Coordinator for an FDA approved randomized controlled trial of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD at the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) in the Department of Psychiatry, in Farmington, Connecticut. This is a cutting-edge treatment for people who have not responded to traditional therapies for PTSD. Prior to her move to Connecticut, she worked as a licensed marriage and family therapist associate at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sara's role in the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy includes screening potential participants, coordinating medical tests, and providing psychotherapy. She has received extensive training in the delivery of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) with study director Dr. Michael Mithoefer and many other experts on the MAPS team. Sara is available to assist people who are working to integrate and resolve experiences involving non-ordinary states of consciousness.

Recent Presentation

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.

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