Sarah  Church

Sarah Church

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for morning, afternoon, evening, & daytime appointments in Murray Hill practice (updated December 04, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Alcohol and substance use
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Compulsive behaviors

Professional statement

Dr. Sarah Church is a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder & Executive Director of Wholeview Wellness, an outpatient addiction treatment center in Midtown Manhattan. Dr. Church brings more than two decades of experience treating patients navigating substance and alcohol use disorders and other mental health issues to the practice, which provides evidence based care in a collaborative setting. She also treats a variety of other issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, trauma and chronic pain. Dr. Church supports patients in all stages of recovery and works with each individual to determine treatment goals.

Therapy with Dr. Church is evidence-based and patient-centered. She draws primarily from Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) to help clients increase internal motivation for change, and to develop sustainable coping skills, while fostering the development of a strong social network and finding meaningful activities to engage in. Dr. Church also works closely with psychiatrists and supports medication-assisted treatments when appropriate and encourages patients to engage in group therapy outside of individual sessions.

Dr. Church supports each patient to make decisions that are reflective of their true personal values. She also welcomes family members of those affected by addiction to her practice, helping them to support their loved ones in seeking care. Wholeview Wellness is conveniently located a short walk from Grand Central.


Message to clients

I have developed a positive innovative approach to treatment which uses respectful and flexible techniques that have been proven to be effective in helping people move forward in their life. I approach treatment with a simple goal. To help my patients create and live healthy and happy lives.


Specialties

Alcohol and substance use - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Chronic pain - Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

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

Compulsive behaviors - Coping with overwhelming urges and impulses, such as hair pulling or skin picking; developing alternative ways to reduce stress and alleviate suffering


General expertise


Insurance

Sarah Church 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: $275 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $200 - $275
  • Initial session: $275 (60min)
  • Group sessions: $125

Therapist's note

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


Location(s)

Murray Hill practice

Wholeview Wellness

369 Lexington Avenue

Suite 14A

New York, NY 10016

Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Wholeview Wellness, Founder and Executive Director, 2018 - Present

Division of Substance Abuse at Montefiore Medical Center, Executive Director, 2005 - 2018

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Assistant Professor, 2001 - 2018

Substance Treatment and Research Service (STARS) at Columbia University Medical Center, Postdoctoral Year

Yale University School of Medicine, Predoctoral Fellowship

Fordham University, PhD

Columbia University, BA


Languages

  • English

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