Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, LICSW
in Providence practice
(updated May 05, 2020)
Offers Online Sessions
Specialties & Expertise
Maternal mental health
Perinatal and Mother-Infant Dyadic (Attachment) Treatment
Sarah Torrey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with expertise in infant and perinatal issues, including depression, anxiety, and attachment-related problems. Sarah also sees adults for depression, anxiety, and parenting. She uses a combination of attachment focused relational work, dyadic mother-baby work, mindfulness practices, psychodynamic therapy, and supportive therapy.
Sarah believes in the human capacity to remain open to new experiences and is especially dedicated to understanding and working with parents and families to help everyone (including infants and toddlers) negotiate their roles in family life and unlock the possibilities of these relationships.
Message to clients
My curiosity about people's lives, relationships, feelings and the way they create meaning is at the heart of my practice in psychotherapy. I am deeply interested in the complexities and possibilities of family life. As human beings, we all must negotiate daily the emotional landscapes of our families, past and present. I have been doing that with adults and families in various capacities for over twenty years.
Risking the step of seeking help takes both hope and courage. Psychotherapy, with its focus on the possibility of new ways of thinking, being with ourselves and others and experiencing our internal worlds, can create a collaboration and partnership within which to tackle challenges together.
My goal in therapy is to provide you with the structure and emotional safety to explore and share what isn’t working in your life, your relationships, your parenting, your worklife or your relationship with your body, without judgment. I believe strongly in the capacity of humans to remain open to new experience, in spite of what they may have encountered in the world to discourage that habit. I believe too that all relationships hold open the possibility for connection at a deep level: feeling seen, feeling heard and feeling felt. It’s what we all long for.
Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; specializing in peripartum anxiety
Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Maternal mental health -
Addressing issues specific to women during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Perinatal and Mother-Infant Dyadic (Attachment) Treatment -
Attachment develops between an infant and caretaker in the first weeks of an infant's life, and affects how we learn about ourselves. With a secure attachment, infants feels there is an expectation that someone will be there, to let them go when appropriate, and to welcome them back when they need it. In an insecure attachment, mothers may not know whether to pick up their infant or when to let go. We work on developing healthy attachment together.
Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
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
Sarah can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes
Providence, RI 02909
Work and Education
Private Practice, 2008 - Present
Infant-Parent Training Institute, Faculty
Infant-Parent Training Institute, 2-year fellowship
Simmons School of Social Work, MSW, 1989
Professional mom of 2
Sarah is an amazing therapist. If you are pregnant, postpartum, or parenting young children, I strongly encourage you to book an appointment with Sarah. She is so understanding, nurturing, and compassionate. She really understands the struggles of being a working mom as well as the nuances of wanting to be a good mom while still struggling with anxiety, depression, or difficulty bonding. She firmly believes in the power of rupture and repair across relationships, and she will serve as a steady base for you to practice this process over and over again until you can apply it to the other relationships in your life. Sarah helped me to be the mom I always hoped I could be to my two beautiful daughters.
Sarah is an incredibly attuned and supportive therapist. She is sincere in her interest, patient, and nonjudgmental. She has allowed me the space to process my anxiety, depression, and trauma history in a way that felt emotionally safe. Sarah believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself, and she carried faith in me and in our work together until I felt strong enough to do so for myself. She has always remained open to whatever comes up in the therapeutic relationship and has used that to enhance my other relationships and my life overall. My children have always been welcome in her office, and I feel that I am a better, more loving, and available mother because of our work together. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.