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 was recently a guest on the Nishant Garg Show, which is a podcast about helping you live a fulfilled life. On it, host @garg_nishant sits with world class experts to extract the practices, routines, and habits to help you live an abundant life. 🎙

During our wide-ranging chat, we discussed everything from self-mastery, psychological flexibility, emotional skills, self-regulation practices, our relationships with risk, cultivating a sense of wellness, and more. ✨

New Podcast Appearance: The Nishant Garg Show --> LINK in my BIO 🎧

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologypodcast #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery #podcast #selfhelppodcast #performancepodcast
It’s a temptation. Don’t pretend it’s not. 

Own your rage and anger, or it’ll own you. 🔥

📷 : @lexfridman 

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis #youdoyou #competitiveadvantage #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #peakperformance #brainscience #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #performancequotes #executivecoaching #executivecoach #rage #anger #angermanagement
I like this a lot. ✨

📷 : @seydanoirwords @poets 

#mentalhealthblogger #performanceblog #performancecoach #peakperformance #optimalperformance #psychologymemes #psychologist #brainscience #trainyourbrain #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #flow #grit #resilient #selfcare #mentalhealth #mentalwellness
It’s obvious by now - if you’ve been around me long enough, you know that I’ve been in a seven year love affair with the unconscious. ✨

Interested in learning more about biases? 👇🏽

Stay tuned for an upcoming talk on biases, blind spots, and behavior. Be sure to subscribe in the link in my bio to ensure you receive the next post on this subject, coming soon. 🧠

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #biases #bias #theunconscious
It's interesting to observe this... ✨

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📷 : @drwillcole
Basically, yeah. 🙃

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework
Work in progress. ✨

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

📷 : @ozlifenow
This is important. ✨

#mentalhealthblogger #performanceblog #performancecoach #peakperformance #optimalperformance #excellence #everydaygreatness #successquotes #psychologymemes #psychologist #brainscience #trainyourbrain #executives #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #flow #grit #resilient 

📷 : @kindrahall
There’s so much good that can come from this world of connectedness that we have created in the virtual realm. There is no denying that. 💫

But there is also a seedy underbelly that has contributed to a global atrophy of our ability to sit in our intimate emotions long enough to listen, really listen, to what the deeper meaning and lessons are that lie just beneath the surface... 

ON the BLOG 👉🏼 "How to Be More Mindful While Using Social Media" --> LINK in BIO ✨

#happier #happyliving #happinessquotes #letitgo #storyteller #blamegame #ownit #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #therapyworks #therapist #psychologist #truthbomb #mindfulliving #knowthyself #takingownership #awareness #mentalwellbeing #selfmastery #psychologyblog #socialmediablog #socialmediapsychology
Ain’t that the truth. ✨

#happier #happyliving #happinessquotes #letitgo #storyteller #blamegame #ownit #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #therapyworks #therapist #psychologist #truthbomb #mindfulliving #knowthyself #takingownership #awareness #mentalwellbeing #selfmastery
I feel this down in my bones. 💥

📷 : @lexfridman 

#mentalhealthblogger #performanceblog #performancecoach #peakperformance #optimalperformance #excellence #everydaygreatness #successquotes #psychologymemes #psychologist #brainscience #trainyourbrain #executives #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #flow #grit #resilient #freedomquotes #makingmistakes
Here’s to the reinventions. 💥👊🏼

📷 : @ruswrites 

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #reinvention #reinventingmyself
This is a really really solid point. 🔥

📷 : @wildwomansisterhoodofficial 

#mentalhealthblogger #performanceblog #performancecoach #peakperformance #optimalperformance #excellence #everydaygreatness #successquotes #psychologymemes #psychologist #brainscience #trainyourbrain #executives #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #youdoyou #questioneverything
I had to learn this one the hard way, but it has been life changing once I got it. 

How about you? ✨

📷 : @warrior_goddess_training @themindsjournal 

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery
People say, “I can do this.” 

I reply, “You are doing it.” 👊🏼

📷 : @holly 

#rigged #ownit #insidejob #dothework #selfcare #selfconfidence #selflove #acceptyourself #youdoyou #selfdevelopment #personalgrowth #selfmastery #therapymemes #psychologymemes #psychologist #therapyiscool #iamworthy #emotionalwellbeing #knowyourtruth #optimist #optimismquotes #positivepsychology
This has been true 100% of the time in my life. ✨

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

📷 : @neil_strauss
It’s our unconscious patterns that rule the roost. 🤯

On the Blog --> "Six Sneaky Habits That Fuel Self-Sabotage" --> Link in Bio ✨

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

📷 : @sasha_tozzi
It most definitely will. You do you. 👊🏼

#insidejob #dothework #selfcare #selfconfidence #selflove #acceptyourself #youdoyou #selfdevelopment #personalgrowth #selfmastery #therapymemes #psychologymemes #psychologist #therapyiscool #iamworthy #emotionalwellbeing #knowyourtruth #optimist #optimismquotes #positivepsychology #comparisonisthethiefofjoy #comparisonquotes
I can’t think of anything more wasteful than wasting time.  I guess that vantage point comes with middle age.  Another great benefit from getting old. ✨

#taketimetorest #restandrecovery #recoveryquotes #donothing #selfcare #optimalperformance #wellnessweekend #healthandwellness #wellnessquotes #takecare #mytherapistsays #mytherapy #justbreathe #selflove #selfdevelopment #trainyourbrain #recovery #onlyonelife #enjoylife #embracelife #livefortoday #mindfulness
Never. I love a good reinvention tour. ✨

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis #youdoyou #competitiveadvantage #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #peakperformance #brainscience #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #performancequotes #reinventyourself #reinventingmyself 

📷 : @theglobalcreator

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