I am Sarah Greco, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor in the State of California, #82932. It is my calling to help encourage people to value their personal story. This is done by recognizing their strengths and using them for healing, recovery, finding balance, and discovering their worth.
I can help you become more self-aware and to find the power to heal by helping to guide your journey. I know it takes a lot of energy and time to invest in yourself by seeking therapy, and I encourage you to recognize that you are worth it. I believe your story deserves to be heard and validated. Sometimes, it takes all the energy you have just to show up, but that will be your victory.
I am passionate about my faith and about helping those who desire healing in their relationship with God, themselves and others. I create a safe space for all of my clients, regardless of where they are in their faith journey or their belief system.
I regularly provide enthusiastic, on-site local classes and workshops on topics such as: The Value of Self Care in the Work Place, Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Recovery and Treatment Planning, Stages of Change, Effective Boundary Setting, Non Violent Crisis Intervention, & Suicide Assessment and Prevention.
Joy and healing can come from being around a loving animal. This is why I bring my 5 lb. Yorkie, Brutie, into the therapy with us. He loves everybody and has the power to make humans smile. He is happy to be held, pet or to sit quietly.
On a personal note:
I grew up outside of Boston and made my way across the country 21 years ago. When I am not working, you will find me cooking nutritious foods, tossing a ball with Brutie at the park, attending yoga classes, participating in church activities, spending quality time with friends, and happily exploring all the hidden treasures that Southern CA so generously offers.
NEW in 2018: If you are interested in using a "skype-like" medium for receiving therapy, please let me know. This is called tele-medicine, tele-health or tele-therapy.
I am using a platform called doxy.me. It is HIPAA compliant and works automatically in popular browsers. You will need access to a computer (with internet and a camera), as well as a confidential, cozy space (home, work, etc) to receive treatment.
My URL is https://doxy.me/sarahgrecotherapy
My experience and training include eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), trauma-informed care, play therapy, co-occurring disorders, motivational interviewing, family systems therapy, couples therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), narrative therapy and holistic health methodologies. Prior to becoming a therapist, I managed a program serving severely mentally ill, homeless adults. I was privileged to support this routinely under-served population here in San Diego, giving me a renewed perspective of the value and worth of every human life. I have also had the blessing of serving and supporting victims of domestic violence, developmentally disabled adults, children with open CPS (Child Protective Services) cases, and Veterans with co-occurring disorders (mental illness and substance abuse). Currently, I provide therapy to multiple active duty military members and their families.
I am a qualified supervisor for MFT, MSW and LPCC interns and trainees. Please let me know if you are an intern or trainee interested in receiving my clinical supervision.
I either serve or have served as a clinical supervisor for interns/trainees at:
I am an active member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists).
I am a trained San Diego CADRE (Change Agents Developing Recovery Excellence) member. I participate in creating and evaluating the training curriculum and procedures for new leaders who provide welcoming, accessible, integrated, age-appropriate, culturally competent, continuous, and comprehensive services to those who have both mental illness and substance abuse challenges.
Because each person has different goals for therapy, it will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history, and reflect on the progress or insights gained from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term to address a specific issue, or longer-term to focus on more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with me (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will see more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. This can be difficult, but it's important not to give up when uncomfortable feelings arise, as it's a normal part of the therapy process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you grow emotionally and spiritually and apply what you learn to your everyday life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, I may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors, or taking action on your goals. People seeking therapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives, and take more responsibility for their lives.