She/Her/HersLicensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Practice: ARISE Psychotherapy Services, Inc. Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Sara Mulvaney is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with ARISE Psychotherapy Services, who provides individual psychotherapy services to adolescents and adults between the ages of 14 and 64. She brings extensive experience to her clients, having been practicing since 2004. Sara’s specialties include trauma, substance use disorders, OCD, anxiety, depression and medical/psychological issues such as eating disorders and conversion disorder. At this time, Sara is offering online video telehealth sessions only.
Sara’s has an individualized and integrated approach to psychotherapy, with a foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Sara works with her clients to examine and understand how their behavior is influenced by their cognitions and feelings, as well as how their thoughts and feelings are influenced by their behavior. In addition, she also draws from psychotherapy models such as Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Sara utilizes IPT to help clients identify and change unhelpful patterns in their relationships with others that have not been serving them well and have likely been contributing to their mental health struggles. She uses MI skills to help people identify the goals for change that they truly want, not just what others may want for them, and to help them work towards their fulfillment.
Sara believes the therapeutic relationship is founded upon mutual respect, understanding, and compassion, and that these factors are the keys to positive outcomes. Helping individuals in areas such as communication, understanding and appropriately expressing their feelings and thoughts, and learning to make choices that are aligned with what is important to them and what they want in life, will be tools that individuals will benefit from long after they have concluded therapy.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Eating disorders & disordered eating - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health
Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Years of Experience: 17 years
RI Counseling Associates, Licensed Psychotherapist, 2020 - 2023
Gateway Healthcare, ProgramManager, 2008 - 2020
FCCP, Clinical Supervisor, 2011 - 2015
Rhode Island College, Master's in Agency Counseling, 2007
Rhode Island: MHC00405