Sarah Novak, Therapist in Illinois — Zencare
Sarah  Novak
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Sarah Novak

She/Her/Hers

Master of Social Work, MSW
Illinois, Ohio, Florida Accepting Online
Updated September 26, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Eating disorders & disordered eating
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Sarah Novak is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with individuals ages 18+, with a focus on eating disorders/disordered eating and trauma. Her clients have often found it challenging to navigate social norms and diet culture to find balance in their relationships with food, exercise, and their bodies. Oftentimes, these challenges have impacted mood, anxiety, relationships, and connections to hobbies/interests. Some individuals may have also been impacted by trauma or stressors that have made a significant impact on their lives and their ability to achieve their goals. Sarah works with clients to explore negative core beliefs that have hindered the establishment of relationships with others. She believes that every person has the right to a supported path of self-acceptance and self-appreciation.

Sarah has an eclectic approach, pulling from her training in various modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Sarah’s approach is warm, kind, and patient. It is her goal to provide a judgment-free space to allow clients to process their concerns as well as their achievements. Sarah’s hope is to teach her clients tools and strategies that can be applied in many areas of their lives.

Sarah earned her Master’s in Social Work from The Ohio State University. She gained experience working in community mental health, community health, homeless outreach, and in the private practice setting. Sarah offers the flexibility and comfort of virtual therapy appointments and is welcoming new clients to her online practice.


Message to clients

Beginning the counseling process can be intimidating and overwhelming at first, but it is my goal to offer genuine support and help in each step of the process by creating a space that is safe and encouraging. The relationship between client and therapist is crucial in this work and will be prioritized throughout as we build trust and connection. Whether there are pressing present concerns, or patterns from the past that have hindered, we will work together to address and adjust behaviors and thoughts. My goal is to work collaboratively with you to make sure that you feel heard and valued throughout the entire process.


Specialties

Eating disorders & disordered eating - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

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

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Sarah Novak is not in-network with any insurances.

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


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (50min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am-7pm
  • Tue 10am-6pm
  • Wed 9am-4pm
  • Thu 9am-4pm
  • Fri 9am-12pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Ohio)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am-7pm
  • Tue 10am-6pm
  • Wed 9am-4pm
  • Thu 9am-4pm
  • Fri 9am-12pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Florida)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am-7pm
  • Tue 10am-6pm
  • Wed 9am-4pm
  • Thu 9am-4pm
  • Fri 9am-12pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 years


The Ohio State University, MSW, 2013


Licensure

Illinois: 149.023428

Ohio: I 1502346-SUPV

Florida: TPSW1579


Languages

English