She/Her/HersLicensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Sarah Pemberton has been working as a therapist in Southern California for 18+ years and specializes in working with adults dealing with a variety of life challenges, including but not limited to developing healthy relationships, challenges within family dynamics, coping with major life transitions, identity development, difficulty regulating mood, depression, anxiety, stress, difficulty regulating mood, college mental health, sexual identity, infertility and career concerns.
Sarah’s therapeutic practice is rooted in a psychodynamic approach to build on client’s internal resources and to better understand one’s reactions to challenges in their life, and how to reshape those reactions. Sarah also has extensive experience working with solution focused therapy that will pull upon skills based as well as relational approaches to helping client’s meet their treatment goals. Her ability to assist clients that are at a crossroads within relationships, family dynamics, planning for the future or any type of life change is very effective for her clients.
Sarah received her Master’s in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked in community mental health settings in Los Angeles and Orange counties, as well as University of California settings in which she is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive practice. She has an extensive background in working with families, members of the LGBTQ community, immigrants and first generation clients as well as other underserved populations.
Sarah is currently offering remote sessions for clients that are living in California, with an easy and user friendly client portal. At your first visit you will have an opportunity to share your concerns in a supportive space. Sarah will work with you to identify your needs and develop a plan to help you manage your challenges.
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
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Mood disorders - Clinical depression, persistent depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders that cause disturbances in the client's mood, causing mood swings, restless sleep, and/or elevated mood
Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress
Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others
Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.
Years of Experience: 20 years
University of California, Riverside, Behavioral Health Specialist , 2013 - Present
University of California, Riverside, Case Manager, 2008 - 2012
Western Youth Services, Staff Therapist, 2006 - 2008
Hathaway Children & Family Services, Staff Therapist, 2004 - 2006