Sarah Jean Ward-Watson is a Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselor in Connecticut. She has over ten years experience that focuses on addiction, life transitions, anxiety, and co-occurring disorders which is common among people tin treatment. Sarah is passionate about assisting individuals using substance/alcohol who struggle with maintaining abstinence of continued use despite the negative effects that lead to physical, social. or emotional harm.
Sarah has compelling interest in the impact of substance/alcohol abuse which causes strain on family and relationships. Sarah focuses on being present and working together as a team with the client as they learn how to utilize his/her strength to overcome and experience healthy living.
Sarah provides a non-judgmental, and relax atmosphere giving each client the dignity and respect they deserve. She believe in positive unconditional regard and recognizes that each person is unique ad requires an individualized treatment plan.
Sarah's approach are rooted in Motivational Interview Therapy (MI), an evidence approach that focuses on helping to motivate ambivalent clients to change their behavior and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). which focuses on psychological problems which are based, in part, on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking. People suffering from psychological problems can learn better ways of coping with them, thereby relieving their symptoms and becoming more effective in their lives. CBT treatment usually involves efforts to change thinking patterns. Sarah is able to adapt to various approaches to meet the need of her client.
Sarah offers treatment to individuals, families, couples, adults, and adolescence.
Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Existential crisis & challenges - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
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