Sidra Gifford, Therapist in California — Zencare
Sidra Lea Gifford
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Sidra Lea Gifford

She/Her/Hers

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
California Accepting Online
Updated September 12, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Stress management
  • Sensitivity

Professional statement

Sidra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in clinical mental health for several years. She has also been working in mental health research, program development, and evaluation for the better part of 20 years. Clients describe Sidra as insightful, empathetic, compassionate, genuine, funny, easy-going, and nonjudgmental.

Sidra is originally from the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York, and lived in South Florida, Chicago, Washington DC, and a few places in between before moving to the Pasadena area in 2002. She is the proud mother of a teenage boy and currently the guardian of Katniss the cat. Sidra has ADHD, is a cancer survivor and trauma survivor, and identifies as a relationship anarchist. She is serious about offering an affirmative practice. That means she works to empower a client with respect to their gender identity, sexuality, relationship orientation, neurodiversity, body size / shape / ability, cultural, and any other differences, rather than trying to "repair" or minimize such differences. Although she has been exposed to many religions, she does not affiliate with any. Her spirituality most closely resembles Buddhism, the principles of which often show up in therapy sessions. As the daughter of parents and grandparents with traumatic histories and/or mental illness, she has learned to channel negative experiences into resilience, and feels compelled to help others on their journey of healing and happiness.


Message to clients

Congratulations on taking the often difficult step of asking for help. I know you must be facing some challenges related to your thoughts, feelings, or behaviors right now, and I am honored to be able to help you. As you have figured out by now, "the best way out is always through."

My practice is called Sage Behavioral Health because sage is another term for wise. It does not refer to a purely intellectual or sensible form of wisdom, it includes insight and perceptiveness. It is the kind of wisdom that you cultivate when you integrate your rational / logical / reasonable mind, which is focused on thinking, and your emotional mind, which is focused on feeling. Marsha Linehan referred to the balance between your rational mind and your emotional mind as your wise mind. It is the middle path, the mind that doesn't just think or feel, but knows. It is the home of intuition and mindfulness. This is my gift to you, should you choose to accept it.


Specialties

ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

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

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Sensitivity - Developing an understanding of one’s sensitivity, including exploring what triggers emotional reactions and the origins of the sensitivity; practicing self-compassion by acknowledging that everyone has emotions and it’s natural to react to what’s around you




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples

Insurance

Sidra Gifford 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: $175 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $60 - $175

Location(s)

Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 2pm-5pm
  • Tue 5pm-7pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 9am-1pm

Licensure

California: 89976


Languages

English