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.

The GPS works so much better when you put in an end destination, doesn't it? 📍

Further reading --> "Why Intrinsic Motivation Will Take You Further" (Link in Bio) ✨

📷 : @nicoleturnermedia 

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #2022goals #2022goalsetting #goalsetting
You're the one steering this ship. Don't let anyone else convince you otherwise. ✨

📷 : @salomesibonex 

#mindset #getstarted #juststart #justdoit #buildingmyempire #fempire #fempowerment #entrepreneurquotes #motivationquotes #dailyinspo #gottastartsomewhere #performancecoach #dreambig #goalgetter #goaldigger #peakperformance #psychologist #therapyiscool #igotthis
Now that's shit worth chasing. ✨

📷 : @the.life.of.kristinamaree 

#mindset #getstarted #juststart #justdoit #buildingmyempire #fempire #fempowerment #entrepreneurquotes #motivationquotes #dailyinspo #gottastartsomewhere #performancecoach #dreambig #goalgetter #goaldigger #peakperformance #psychologist #therapyiscool #igotthis
Nothing like uncertainty to help you re-prioritize ✨

📷 : @blushing.ginger 

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery
Choose you. It starts and ends with you. ✨

📷 : @anastassiarosee 

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis #youdoyou #optimalwellbeing #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #selfcare #settingboundaries #boundaries #thanksgivingweekend #therapymemes
Gratitude - today and everyday - can have a transformative effect on your overall mindset. 

What are you thankful for today? ✨

📷 : @gratitudegifted 

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

📷 : @modernmorgan 

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework
ICYMI: Last week, I announced my partnership with the EXOS Performance Advisory Board @team_exos ✨

I started collaborating with EXOS last year as a consultant on an emerging project they were working through. This partnership came at the exact right moment during the pandemic for me. A welcome 7th-inning stretch just when the monotony of quarantine was reaching its peak. 

Another silver lining from this radically transformative time. 🙌🏼

What I was struck most by was how EXOS approaches the process of human performance— the tempo is fast, timelines are ambitious, goals are audacious, and the morale is contagious. 

So, when I was invited to join the inaugural team for the EXOS Performance Advisory Board, it was a hell yes for me. 💥

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending a virtual afternoon with the EXOS Team and my fellow PAB members. I’m so excited to collaborate with and learn from these amazing people. 

Stay tuned as we continue to reimagine the human performance riddle. 👊🏼

#mindset #getstarted #juststart #justdoit #buildingmyempire #fempire #fempowerment #entrepreneurquotes #motivationquotes #dailyinspo #gottastartsomewhere #performancecoach #dreambig #goalgetter #goaldigger #peakperformance #psychologist #therapyiscool #igotthis #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #optimalperformance #humanperformancecoach #humanperformance #optimalwellbeing #exosteam #greatnessisateamsport
Read. That. Again. 💥

📷 : @anthonymrocka 

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery
Ignoring the popular is good advice in so many arenas of life... ✨

📷 : @timferriss @stoicelite 

#rigged #ownit #insidejob #dothework #selfcare #selfconfidence #selflove #acceptyourself #youdoyou #selfdevelopment #personalgrowth #selfmastery #therapymemes #psychologymemes #psychologist #therapyiscool #iamworthy #emotionalwellbeing #knowyourtruth #optimist #optimismquotes #positivepsychology
What lights you up in this life? ✨

📷 : @friday_concepts 

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis #youdoyou #competitiveadvantage #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #peakperformance #brainscience #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #performancequotes
100%. 💥

Stop curating your emotional world to fit your comfort zone. 💡

📷 : @yung_pueblo 

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework
Because it is power. Wouldn't you rather own it than give it away? ✨

📷 : @acelebrationofwomen 

#happier #happyliving #happinessquotes #letitgo #storyteller #blamegame #ownit #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #therapyworks #therapist #psychologist #truthbomb #mindfulliving #knowthyself #takingownership #awareness #mentalwellbeing #selfmastery
Could it be time to turn the page? ✨

Onward. 👊🏼

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery
I’m so excited to announce my partnership with the EXOS Performance Advisory Board @team_exos ✨

I started collaborating with EXOS last year as a consultant on an emerging project they were working through. This partnership came at the exact right moment during the pandemic for me. A welcome 7th-inning stretch just when the monotony of quarantine was reaching its peak. 

Another silver lining from this radically transformative time. 🙌🏼

What I was struck most by was how EXOS approaches the process of human performance— the tempo is fast, timelines are ambitious, goals are audacious, and the morale is contagious. 

So, when I was invited to join the inaugural team for the EXOS Performance Advisory Board, it was a hell yes for me. 💥

Last week, I had the privilege of spending a virtual afternoon with the EXOS Team and my fellow PAB members. I’m so excited to collaborate with and learn from these amazing people. 

Stay tuned as we continue to reimagine the human performance riddle. 👊🏼

#mindset #getstarted #juststart #justdoit #buildingmyempire #fempire #fempowerment #entrepreneurquotes #motivationquotes #dailyinspo #gottastartsomewhere #performancecoach #dreambig #goalgetter #goaldigger #peakperformance #psychologist #therapyiscool #igotthis #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #optimalperformance #humanperformancecoach #humanperformance #optimalwellbeing #exosteam #greatnessisateamsport
Fawk. That’s terrifying, when you think of it that way, isn't it? 🤯

Live every moment you've got. 👊🏼

📷 : @lewishowes 

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery #livealifeyouwillremember #meaningfullife #meaningfulchange
Here’s to the real investments in our life. ✨

Don’t let the pursuit of greatness/performance/success fool you into thinking any of that shit matters. 👊🏼

📷 : @beautaplin 

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis #youdoyou #competitiveadvantage #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #peakperformance #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #performancequotes #whatreallymatters #priorities #lifealifeyouwillremember
This is a really good perspective to have. One day, time will catch up with you, too. ✨

#happier #happyliving #happinessquotes #letitgo #storyteller #blamegame #ownit #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #therapyworks #therapist #psychologist #truthbomb #mindfulliving #knowthyself #takingownership #awareness #mentalwellbeing #selfmastery
There’s no secret recipe. I assure you of that. I’ve been looking high and low. 😉✨

📷 : @thetherapygrp 

#ownit #insidejob #dothework #selfcare #selfconfidence #selflove #acceptyourself #youdoyou #selfdevelopment #personalgrowth #selfmastery #therapymemes #psychologymemes #psychologist #therapyiscool #iamworthy #emotionalwellbeing #knowyourtruth #optimist #optimismquotes #positivepsychology #imgrowing
The business of recovery is serious stuff in my work. Everything costs something. 💡 

📷 : @michaelhyatt 

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #productivity #restandrecovery #priorities #executivecoach #executivecoaching

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