Sara Pasternak LSW, LMSW
Sara Pasternak is a Licensed Social Worker and obtained her Masters degree from Columbia University. During her graduate training, she specialized in Advanced Clinical Practice with a concentration in Health, Mental Health and Disabilities.
Sara has worked in a variety of school settings, helping students and their family members overcome personal challenges. She began her career at an elementary school, where she provided individual and group play therapy to a diverse student body of children ranging from the ages of 4-11. Sara also counseled parents and implemented school-wide initiatives to address social-emotional issues among the larger school community.
Additionally, Sara has also worked in a college counseling center, where she provided therapy and crisis intervention to college students from diverse cultural backgrounds with various clinical presentations. She also facilitated a weekly anxiety and stress management skills group and organized campus-wide mental health programming.
Sara's specialties include counseling children, adolescents and adults with anxiety disorders, academic and professional concerns, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship and familial conflicts, eating disorders, self-esteem issues, stress-management challenges and transitional difficulties. Sara also has extensive experience working with members of the LGBTQ community.
In addition to her clinical experience, Sara has completed post-graduate course work in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety and Depression through the Beck Insitiute. She is currently training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Chain Analysis, and Validation Principles. Furthermore, she has a teaching background and has co-taught graduate students at Columbia University and adolescents at Northern Highlands Regional High School.
Sara is an empathetic and passionate clinician that is extremely devoted to helping those she works with create lasting and meaningful changes in their lives!