Sarah Tippit, LMFT
I hold compassion for those who struggle with the OCD Spectrum: the persistent, unwanted, intrusive thoughts, the sometimes paralyzing anxieties, the mental rituals, actions, avoidances meant to neutralize the obsessions. I understand how often OCD can be misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and the shame and stigma sufferers sometimes feel. Most of my work involves helping people gain control over their OCD and process associated traumas. I employ an effective type of Cognitive Behavioral therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which has the strongest evidence supporting its use in the treatment of OCD. I also use Mindfulness techniques and ACT. I know that when OCD flares it seems insurmountable, but I have had the personal satisfaction of witnessing my clients’ suffering dissipate – through their own courage, perseverance, and willingness to try something new -- even when the work seemed silly or impossible.
I also work with related issues: post-partum OCD; “Pure O,” a common type of OCD that doesn’t manifest with overt compulsions and often revolves around themes of harm, religious faith, or sexuality; panic; body dysmorphia; misophonia; phobias; perfectionism; pathological doubt and self loathing; social anxiety; unwanted habits.
My other passions include supporting clients in their recovery from emotional abuse, bullying, sexual trauma, complicated grief. No condescension or criticism here. I strive to provide a safe, respectful space. I believe in post-traumatic growth. I think it's possible to find meaning in one's challenging experiences, to make peace with the past, develop tools to manage the bad stuff, to practice emphasizing the good stuff, to heal, to thrive.
In addition to my OCD training, I employ trauma-focused modalities, Art Therapy, and journaling. My experience includes work in acute care residential settings, hospitals, with Older Adults, in hospices, and in private practice with people of all ages.
Sarah Specializes in:
- Complex Trauma, sexual trauma
- Recovery from emotional abuse, bullying
- Complicated grief
- Pathological doubt
- Self loathing and perfectionism
- Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
- Art Therapy for groups and individuals
- Therapeutic writing
Education and Specialized Training:
MA in Marital and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
BS in Journalism from University of Maryland College Park
Levels I and II for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, (EMDR) Training
Personality Disorders with Greg Lester, PhD
Intensive Trauma Treatment with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
License and Membership:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC#103044
International OCD Foundation