Hi, I’m Dr. Sarah Sarkis

 I’m a psychologist by training, and a certified executive and performance coach by practice. I also moonlight as a writer and speaker.

As a clinical psychologist, I learned and studied about psychological pathology: what happens when shit goes wrong. And believe me, a lot can go wrong.

In the decades I trained as a psychologist, I never had a class on happiness, contentment, or the science of wellness. I learned how to understand suffering, how to diagnose it, and how to sit with it. These are valuable skills, and I am so grateful to have this foundation.

But the truth is, I tired of the emphasis on suffering and on pathology. I felt restless and confined by those constraints. So, I went rogue.

I started with these questions:

  • Is a sense of wellness even attainable anymore?
  • Is wellness distinct from the absence of feeling like shit?
  • What really, down deep, controls our behavior?
  • Can we influence how we metabolize our experiences?
  • And, what are the outer limits of our human potential when we use a radically different compass?

This shift in focus changed my life in ways I could not have imagined.

With this shift, I began to collaborate with CEOs, executives, professional athletes, coaches, and teams with moonshot dreams on the psychological game of greatness.

I’m indebted to these people. The journey to understand, unravel, and optimize our minds has been the true joy of my professional career.

From this journey I have emerged a hybrid— part shrink, part performance consultant, part Jedi of the unconscious.

Areas of Expertise

  • Burnout & Chronic Stress – Neurobiology, Implications & Strategies
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Career Transition
  • Leadership Development
  • Group Dynamics & Optimization
  • Team Cohesion Development
  • The Adaptive Unconscious in Decision Making- Biases, Blind Spots, and The Fix
  • Strategy & Implementation of Corporate & Organizational Culture
  • Emotional Intelligence & Leadership
  • Team & Individual Consultation on Wellness Plan to Optimize Performance

 

If this work is something you are interested in, connect with me. I’m available for individual, team, and organizational collaboration.

 

You can also contact me via email, though please do not email me to set up an initial therapy appointment, as it is not a confidential form of communication.

Lastly, here are 5 Facts You Should Know About Me. 

 

Background

I received my MA from Boston College where I studied Counseling Psychology. I then began my doctoral training at George Washington University with an emphasis on Adult Psychotherapy from a psychoanalytic perspective.

Upon completion of my doctoral studies, I completed my internship and post-doctoral fellowship training at two inpatient psychiatric hospitals in the Boston area. There, I worked with people who were suffering from the most severe and retractable forms of mental illness.

Those experiences taught me the deep and enduring value of comprehensive and collaborative care from a multi-disciplinary perspective. I carry those lessons with me to my current work in my private practice, where I emphasize and utilize my partnerships with physicians, naturopaths, and functional medicine doctors and nutritionists to provide the best standard of care.

In addition to my psychology training, I’ve studied extensively the use of mindfulness, functional medicine, hormones, and how food, medicine, and mood are interconnected.

My influences include Dr.’s Hyman, Benson, Kabat-Zinn, Maté, Gervais, and Gordon, as well as Tara Brach, Brené Brown, Irvin Yalom, Howard Stern, Steven Kotler, and Bruce Springsteen, to name only a few.

I know this to be certain. ✨

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #conflictresolution #avoidance #psychologistsofinstagram #therapymeme #therapyquotes 

📷 : @laura_mckowen
I work in clandestine realms. Shadowy and furtive by nature, I orbit in the background, the underbelly of your mind. 🧠

You will not see me coming...

I’ve infiltrated the velvet ropes, and I have free reign over your unconscious landscape. I roam pathways and corridors that even you don’t know exist.

You cannot hear me coming.

I am suspicious of change and progress. I detonate, undetected, as soon as I feel threatened. I live parasitically inside of you. 👇🏼

You will always be caught flat-footed.

My networks are savvy, tactical, and coordinated.

You will not smell, feel, or anticipate my presence.

I am relentless and I am unpredictable. 🌪

This is an inside job.

Do you know who I am?

I am SABOTAGE. 💥

Read more about this process in the LINK in my BIO ✨

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #sabotage #theunconscious #selfsabotage #overcomingselfsabotage
Here’s to being present. ✨

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery #powerofnow #righthererightnow
It couldn’t be different. It’s not going to be different. It is exactly what it is. ✨

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #itiswhatitis #noregrets #therapymeme #dailytherapy #therapistsofinstagram
That’s my day job. ✨

#psychologists #mytherapistsays #therapyhumor #therapyiscool #brainscience #trainyourbrain #neurobiology #psychologist #needtherapy #mindfulliving #mindfulness #peakwellness #therapymemes #mentalhealthblogger #performanceblog #performancecoach #peakperformance #optimalperformance #psychologymemes #psychologist #brainscience #trainyourbrain #executives #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #flow 

📷 : @tracymcmillan
It sure is. ✨

What'd you learn this week? 💡

#happier #happyliving #happinessquotes #letitgo #ownit #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #therapyworks #therapist #psychologist #truthbomb #mindfulliving #knowthyself #takingownership #awareness #mentalwellbeing #selfmastery #mindfulness #mindfulliving #intentionalliving #lifebydesign #optimalwellness
Something to think about. ✨

What's the most inspiring quality you've experienced in a leader? 💡

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #executivecoaching #executivecoach #executivecoachingforwomen #executiveconsultant #executiveconsulting 

📷 : @audryefaye
Job security for me 😉

#mentalhealthblogger #performanceblog #performancecoach #peakperformance #optimalperformance #excellence #everydaygreatness #successquotes #psychologymemes #psychologist #brainscience #trainyourbrain #executives #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #flow #grit #resilient #executivecoach #executivecoaching
It’s the quest for belonging and chemicals that make group dynamics so alluring and potent. 💥

Most people don’t realize that every group you lead and every team you build are a living, breathing entity. Alliances are built, others are broken, rogue factions form, and silent objectors plot. And by the way, all of this operates unconsciously. 🤯

ON THE BLOG ➡️ "The Pitfalls and the Power of the Pack: How Group Dynamics Shape Your Corporate Culture" --> LINK IN BIO ✨

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #groupthink #groupdynamics #forleaders #executivecoaching #executivecoach #corporateculture
Please. I beg you. 

Make this the year your life reflects exactly what you say you value. 💥

#rigged #ownit #insidejob #dothework #selfcare #selfconfidence #selflove #acceptyourself #youdoyou #selfdevelopment #personalgrowth #selfmastery #therapymemes #psychologymemes #psychologist #therapyiscool #iamworthy #emotionalwellbeing #knowyourtruth #optimist #optimismquotes #positivepsychology
This is a profound concept. I spent a bunch of years wishing things were different or that if I could somehow change the past, I wouldn’t waste time.  This concept (and daily practice) freed me of all of that. ✨

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework 

📷 : @laura_mckowen
This is an inside job. ✨

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery #eckharttolle #eckharttollequotes
It's hunting season... ✨

#insidejob #dothework #selfcare #selfconfidence #selflove #acceptyourself #youdoyou #selfdevelopment #personalgrowth #selfmastery #therapymemes #psychologymemes #psychologist #therapyiscool #iamworthy #emotionalwellbeing #knowyourtruth #optimist #optimismquotes #positivepsychology
A deceptively difficult task and it’s a prerequisite for growth. 💥

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery 

📷 : @aubreymarcus
This quote made me really think. ✨

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #levelup #playingsmall 

📷 : @tracymcmillan
One of the most important aspects of groupthink that most people overlook is the fact that because the behavior is dispersed over a group, the individuals no longer feel any personal responsibility for the outcome of the group behavior... 👇🏼

ON THE BLOG ➡️ "Groupthink: When Individuality Becomes an Act of Treason" LINK IN BIO ✨

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis #youdoyou #competitiveadvantage #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #peakperformance #brainscience #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #performancequote #groupthink #groupthinking #socialpsychology #culturalpsychology #wakingup #theunconscious
It’s so true. 💥

#mindset #getstarted #juststart #justdoit #buildingmyempire #fempire #fempowerment #entrepreneurquotes #motivationquotes #dailyinspo #gottastartsomewhere #performancecoach #dreambig #goalgetter #goaldigger #peakperformance #psychologist #therapyiscool #igotthis
It’s kinda liberating, ain’t it? 🙌🏼

2020 taught me this loud and clear. 💥

#happier #happyliving #happinessquotes #letitgo #ownit #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #therapyworks #therapist #psychologist #truthbomb #mindfulliving #knowthyself #takingownership #awareness #mentalwellbeing #selfmastery #gowiththeflow #mindfulliving #release #therapymemes 

📷 : @drmayashetreat
Everything costs something. ✨

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #movinonup #newlife #makingachange #lifechanges
This is why I tell everyone I work with that observation is key. 🔑

All will be revealed simply through observing ourselves. ✨

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery #knowthyself

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