Meet Sara


Qualifications and Licensure

I have always been passionate about helping others. Over the past years, I have been fortunate to work in the social work field in a variety of settings (schools, government, non-profit and community agencies) helping people work through obstacles that block their access to happiness, fulfillment and success.


Since 2012, I have been providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults and families struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, trauma,  chronic conditions, relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, self-esteem, body image, grief and loss, and other life stressors.  I specialize in the areas of trauma, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety.

In partnership with Yvonne Berenguer, MSW, CPC and Justian O'Ryan, RYT of Wellness Options LLC, I also co-authored and co-facilitate the 'Tools for Well-being' evidenced based curriculum workshops, which is currently being piloted in Merced County and studied through CSU Stanislaus State, Social Work department. The 'Tools' curriculum is a series of workshops providing groups and organizations with evidenced based strategies and effective tools on how to decrease stress, improve well-being and resiliency. For more information about Wellness Options LLC, click here to visit our website: Wellness Options LLC 

Licensing and Education

  • Doctorate of Social Work (Currently Doctorate of Social Work candidate)​​

       University of Southern California

       Los Angeles, CA


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker #73615


  • Master's in Social Work

       California State University Stanislaus

       Turlock, CA

  • Bachelor's degree

       University of California, Los Angeles

       Los Angeles, CA

Advanced Training and Interests

  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

  • Mindfulness Certification under the mentorship of

      Kate Janke-Munding: Heart-Mind Education

      For more information click here: Heart-Mind Education

  • Certified Mindfulness Affiliate Teacher through

      Heart-Mind Education

  • Gottman Institute

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy

  • Art Therapy

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy

  • Positive Psychology

  • Trauma-Informed Services

Associations and Memberships

  • NASW (National Association for Social Workers)

  • CAMFT (California Association for Marriage Family Therapists)

  • 'Dream Team' Member:

Publications and Achievements

  • Co-author & Co-facilitator for evidenced-based curriculum:

      'Tools for Well-being'. The 'Tools' curriculum is currently 

being utilized in Merced County.

  • Co-created and Co-facilitated a workshop with Karen Mitchell LCSW, called 'New Views on Child Development and Healing: The Psyche, Mind, Body Connection' conducted at Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. May 9, 2014

  • Cadalig, S. (2012). Reflections of Spirit: Social Workers' Perceptions and  Experiences of Meditation and Spirituality (masters thesis). Retrieved from California State University, Stanislaus, 2011