Sarah Mullin, Ph.D.

Clinical Staff Member

Sarah Mullin, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist at BTI. She graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, California and received her PhD in clinical psychology from Sofia University in Palo Alto.  Sarah worked at the InnVision Shelter Network organization before joining BTI where she worked with children, adults and families who were homeless and often also distressed by a psychological disorder and substance abuse.

Sarah practices therapy with a humanistic approach that recognizes and appreciates each person’s innate drive to become psychologically healthy and self-aware. She also uses a cognitive-behavioral approach, helping the client benefit from noticing and changing habitual ways of thinking, behaving and interacting that are no longer desired to cultivate an improved relationship to one’s self and with others. Sarah likes to help the client quickly find the essence of what he or she would like to work on so that within each session the client remains focused on his or her primary intention and therapeutic goals.

Sarah’s clinical interests include:

  • helping clients manage and lessen anxiety, obsessive-compulsive tendencies, depression and bi-polar disorder
  • Ÿworking with families during and after divorce specifically on co-parenting for divorced parents and blended families.
  • Ÿhelping teenagers improve self-esteem and better understand and manage relationships with family and peers
  • Ÿhelping clients better understand the dynamics within his or her family of origin and establish new ways of thinking about oneself and/or interacting with others if desired
  • Ÿhelping college, graduate students and young professionals establish personal and academic goals and manage the stress of dissertation and/or new careers.
  • Ÿhelping clients improve his or her relationship with a partner by offering both couples counseling or one-on-one counseling with a specific focus on the couple
  • ŸSarah has extensive academic training regarding various religious and spiritual traditions and many clients find this helpful
  • ŸLastly, Sarah holds a second-degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido and is interested in both the psychological development cultivated by martial arts practice as well as working with clients from a sports psychology perspective