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.

Game changer 💥👊🏼

📷 : @gabbybernstein 

#happier #happyliving #happinessquotes #ownit #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #therapyworks #therapist #psychologist #truthbomb #mindfulliving #knowthyself #takingownership #awareness #mentalwellbeing #selfmastery #takenoshit #nofucksgiven
The choice belongs to you. ✨

📷 : @houseofleaders.co 

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis #youdoyou #competitiveadvantage #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #peakperformance #brainscience #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #performancequotes #executivecoaching #executivecoach #executiveleadership
How do you measure success? 💡

📷 : @kerwinrae 

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #successquotes #executivecoaching #executivecoach
What power in your life could you claim by letting go of something you've been clinging to? 💡

📷 : @createthelove 

#happier #happyliving #happinessquotes #letitgo #ownit #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #therapyworks #therapist #psychologist #truthbomb #mindfulliving #knowthyself #takingownership #awareness #mentalwellbeing #selfmastery #psychologistsofinstagram #executivecoaching #executivecoach
Ready to change the formula? ✨

📷 : @jairekrobbins 

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #feelingstuck #stuck #psychologist #therapyquotes
This is an inside job. 💡

Remember this with every decision, every purchase, every escape you make - it's gotta be healed within. The rest is just noise. 👇🏼

Further Reading on the Blog --> "Blind to Our Blindness: The Power of the Unconscious" (Link in my Bio) ✨

📷 : @dradijaffe 

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery
The relationship between intuition and stillness is intimate. ✨

📷 : @drjennhardy 

#taketimetorest #restandrecovery #recoveryquotes #donothing #selfcare #optimalperformance #wellnessweekend #healthandwellness #wellnessquotes #takecare #mytherapistsays #mytherapy #justbreathe #selflove #selfdevelopment #trainyourbrain #recovery #stillness #intuition
Are you making those tough decisions and prioritzing yourself? That's the kind of self-care we're talking about. 💥👊🏼

📷 : @steven @igntd.me 

#taketimetorest #restandrecovery #recoveryquotes #donothing #selfcare #optimalperformance #wellnessweekend #healthandwellness #wellnessquotes #takecare #mytherapistsays #mytherapy #justbreathe #selflove #selfdevelopment #trainyourbrain #recovery
Read. That. Again. 💥

Pathological accommodating starts in childhood, expands during adolescence, and by the time we are adults, if you haven’t addressed it in your life, its tentacles are everywhere. 🤯

📷 : @melrobbins 

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery
Always. Critics sit in the cheap seats. Remember that. 👊🏼

#mindset #getstarted #juststart #justdoit #buildingmyempire #fempire #fempowerment #entrepreneurquotes #motivationquotes #dailyinspo #gottastartsomewhere #performancecoach #dreambig #goalgetter #goaldigger #peakperformance #psychologist #therapyiscool #igotthis
Psychological flexibility allows us to adaptively respond (vs react) to the ever-changing landscape of our lives. ✨

Further Reading on the Blog 👇🏼

"Psychological Flexibility Is The New Black: What It Is, Why You Need It, and How To Train For It" (Link in Bio) 💡

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Here’s to wild minds and disciplined eyes. ✨

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If you want to be free, learn how to stay. ✨

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I maintain that stress, anxiety, grief, etc. are not in and of themselves pathological. 

It’s how we orbit around these influences that trip us up. ✨

📷 : @_stephenlin.ownyourdestiny

#mentalhealthblogger #optimalperformance #everydaygreatness #psychologymemes #psychologist #brainscience #trainyourbrain #executives #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #flow #grit #resilient
Buyer beware. Be mindful of the culture you’re adapting to. ✨

#taketimetorest #restandrecovery #recoveryquotes #donothing #selfcare #optimalperformance #wellnessweekend #healthandwellness #wellnessquotes #takecare #mytherapistsays #mytherapy #justbreathe #selflove #selfdevelopment #trainyourbrain #recovery
First things first ✨

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #relationshipquotes #conflictresolution
This is an interesting way to look at rejection of all kinds - relationships ending, unrequited love, career changes, job loss, etc. It’s all about perspective. ✨

Further Reading on the Blog --> "How to Inoculate Yourself Against the Fear of Rejection" (Link in Bio) 💡

📷 : @drjennhardy 

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #rejection
Where are you heading? ✨

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What you resist, persists. 

Accepting and working with this moment, this situation, this experience - rather than resisting it - can be transformative. ✨

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Give it time. Give yourself time. ✨

📷 : @thedarlingtree 

#yougotthis #youdoyou #competitiveadvantage #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #peakperformance #brainscience #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #performancequotes #executivecoach #executivecoaching #stoicwisdom

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