About Sara Garden

My passion has always been in helping people, through creating the safe holding space, feeling unconditional positive regard, facilitating insight, and igniting long-lasting meaning and change.

I strive for a more transparent and authentic relationship with my clients. I believe it is this authentic relationship that can help people feel truly seen and accepted for their vulnerable self in an intimate and non-judgmental way. Everything people say or do is communicating something about their internal world, both from the past and present. In my theory, clients are able to reconstruct, retell, and rediscover new meaning into their story.

I believe that the client is the true expert on their life. With the proper warm, open, and empathetic environment, therapy can be a place to empower you and re-discover the strength that has always been inside of you, but can sometimes get forgotten along the way. I hold a holistic view of my clients that includes all parts that is uniquely relevant and important to them.

Together, we can look at your presenting issues and concerns, where they may have stemmed form, and how they are continuing to affect your current functioning in order to help you lead a more satisfying and fulfilling life. I believe the goal in therapy should be overall personal healing, going beyond symptom reduction in order for you to create and sustain long-lasting growth.

I was a trainee and associate with Discovery Counseling Center for 2 years where I provided school-based therapy and led groups in both an elementary and middle school. I was able to expand my knowledge-base and experience in working with: ASD, ADHD, complex trauma, psychosis, adoption, familial conflict, self-harm, suicide ideation, anxiety, low self-esteem, parenting, and bullying.

I was an associate with the YWCA of Silicon Valley for 1 year where I actively worked with individuals ranging from ages 13 to 65 presenting with symptoms of PTSD, complex PTSD, dissociation, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, child abuse, relationship dissatisfaction, anger management, and life transitions.

I am currently an associate with Fremont Counseling Services since July 2018 providing both individual and couples counseling.

In my spare time I love being in nature and enjoy (easy) hikes/walks, picnics with those closest to me, anything creative especially painting, watching comedy and Sci-Fi, dancing, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Education – Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor is counseling and social change from San Diego State University

Master’s of Arts degree in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University

Licenses – Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#101691)

Certifications – Sexual assault/human trafficking/domestic violence 65-hour training &  Restorative Justice 8-hour training