Sarah  Bren

Sarah Bren

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments in Westchester practice (updated November 18, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Relationships
  • Trauma
  • Emotion regulation
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Parenting

Professional statement

Dr. Sarah Bren is a clinical psychologist at the group practice Octave in Midtown Manhattan. Dr. Bren specializes in relationships, trauma, emotion regulation, life transitions, anxiety, and depression. She is a highly knowledgeable therapist with extensive experience in both individual and group counseling. Dr. Bren focuses on empowering each client with strong interpersonal skills for effective communication.

She is an expert in using dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to support individuals with personality disorders including borderline, narcissistic, and dependent personality disorders. She also works with many clients who have a trauma background, providing them with the emotional support, coping skills, and psychoeducation needed to progress toward a place of healing.

Dr. Bren takes an integrative and flexible approach to care, providing an open, supportive, and reflective environment to optimize personal growth. She is especially passionate about working with young adults facing a transition in their lives, such as the transition from college to the working world, helping them learn to better manage the resulting stress. Her practice in Midtown is conveniently located a short walk away from Grand Central.


Message to clients

My goal is to help individuals become more attuned with themselves, others, and their environment in the service of increasing personal and interpersonal satisfaction and getting one's needs met more effectively. I believe that no feelings are off-limits, and that a supportive space to work through challenging emotions, thoughts, and conflicts can be tremendously therapeutic. I offer a non-judgmental, open, and safe space where individuals can process what they are struggling with and work towards change. Many of my clients struggle with anxiety, depression, issues in relationships, trouble working through life transitions, and difficulty feeling in control of their emotions.
I work with adults in individual and group therapy. I am trained in psychodynamic and behavioral therapies, including CBT and DBT. My approach to treatment is integrative, flexible, and tailored to the specific needs of each person.
I see private clients through the group practice Octave, an innovative clinic with a focus on accessible and quality care located in Midtown Manhattan.


Specialties

Relationships - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Emotion regulation - Learning how to identify, express, and manage feelings in safe, in-control ways

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

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 through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support


General expertise


Insurance

Sarah Bren is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $250 (45min)

Therapist's note

Dr. Bren can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Westchester practice

629 Fifth Avenue

Building #3, Suite 224

Village of Pelham, NY 10803

Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Octave, Clinical Psychologist 2018 - Present

Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Supervising Psychologist and Associate Professor 2016 - 2018

Long Island University, PhD, 2016

New York University, BA, 2007


Languages

  • English

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