Sarah  Farris

Sarah Farris

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait for afternoon appointments in The Loop practice (updated November 12, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Mindfulness
  • Communication issues
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobias

Professional statement

Sarah Farris is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the Chicago Loop who specializes in anxiety and panic disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), depression, life transitions, communication challenges, and existential challenges. She also has experience working with clients who have a troubled relationship with food or have had an eating disorder in the past and are at a maintenance level.

While Sarah sees adults across the lifespan, many of her clients are young professionals who are wondering if they are on the right path and may be experiencing high stress and anxiety.

Sarah utilizes evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), when working with individuals with a phobia, OCD, and/or an anxiety and panic disorder. She also utilizes mindfulness practices with most of her clients to help them notice their thoughts and emotions without judgment.

In addition, Sarah emphasizes self-care and helps her clients develop a healthy work-life balance. She also teaches her clients how to effectively communicate their needs and desires with friends, family, colleagues, partners, etc. This can, in turn, help them develop a sense of self-esteem and self-worth as they learn how to stand up for themselves.

Sarah enjoys empowering her clients and supporting them on their journey toward self-acceptance. She also helps them develop healthier coping strategies to manage their symptoms. She has a certification in fitness nutrition and received her MA from the University of Texas San Antonio. Her office is located near the Washington/Wabash subway station and is accessible from the Brown, Orange, Purple, Green, and Pink lines.


Message to clients

In therapy, I seek to meet individuals where they are, and recognize that clients are their own experts in their lives. I aim to develop a goal-oriented, non-judgmental environment where clients can cope, grow, and make adjustments in their lives.


Specialties

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

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

Obsessive compulsive disorder - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions

Mindfulness - Using techniques like breathing and meditation to increase self-awareness and manage day-to-day stress

Communication issues - Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships with partners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others

Panic disorder - Building coping skills to identify and manage triggers; explore underlying causes related to feelings of panic

Phobias - Providing techniques and support to overcome intense fear, anxiety, and panic related to specific triggers, such as heights or crowded spaces


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $130 (53min)
  • Initial session: $130 (53min)

Location(s)

The Loop practice

25 East Washington Street

#1717

Chicago, IL 60602

Hours
  • Mon 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed 1:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thu 3:00pm-8:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, Psychotherapist, 2013 - Present

ISSA, Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, 2015

UTHSCSA, Research Associate, 2007 - 2013

UTSA, MA in Community Counseling, 2013

UTSA, MA in Bicultural and Bilingual Studies, 2006

Roanoke College, BS in Psychology, 2004

Roanoke College, BA in Spanish, 2004


Languages

  • English

Client testimonials

Zencare client

Sarah explained her process well and was open to my questions.


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