Hi, I’m Dr. Sarah Sarkis

I’m a psychologist by training, a certified executive and performance coach by practice, and the Senior Director of Psychology and Performance at EXOS. 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.

Bare that naked truth ✨👊🏼

📷 : @warrior_goddess_training 

#ownit #insidejob #dothework #selfcare #selfconfidence #selflove #acceptyourself #youdoyou #selfdevelopment #personalgrowth #selfmastery #therapymemes #psychologymemes #psychologist #therapyiscool #iamworthy #emotionalwellbeing #knowyourtruth #optimist #optimismquotes #positivepsychology
Once you make the distinction, it's life changing, isn't it? ✨

📷 : @markmanson @minimalistmomlife 

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I discussed this play between intuition and anxiety in my most recent monthly newsletter, which was centered on the unconscious. 🧠 

If you'd like to read more on the topic, check out my blog post (in bio), "Blind to our Own Blindness" 💡

📷 : @ted @timferriss 

#beyondfear #embraceyourfears #limitlessliving #courageousliving #bebold #peakperformance #selfconfidence #riseup #personalgrowth #doitanyway #therapyquotes #psychologyquotes #encouragement #yougotthis #nofail #optimalperformance #dailymotivation #motivatingquotes #trainyourbrain #executives #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #flow #grit #resilient
Shaming and blaming yourself isn't productive. Shame stagnates, rather than motivates. ✨

📷 : @theeqschool

#insidejob #dothework #selfcare #selfconfidence #selflove #acceptyourself #youdoyou #selfdevelopment #personalgrowth #selfmastery #therapymemes #psychologymemes #psychologist #therapyiscool #iamworthy #emotionalwellbeing #knowyourtruth #optimist #optimismquotes #positivepsychology
No one has it all figured out. Embrace your own beautiful experiment. ✨

📷 : @lowkeyhappiness 

#mentalhealthblogger #performanceblog #performancecoach #peakperformance #optimalperformance #excellence #everydaygreatness #successquotes #psychologymemes #psychologist #brainscience #trainyourbrain #executives #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #flow #grit #resilient
What other people think of you is not under your jurisdiction. 

Is people pleasing a behavior you notice in yourself? ✨

📷 : @melrobbins @the.holistic.psychologist 

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis #youdoyou #competitiveadvantage #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #peakperformance #brainscience #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #performancequotes #peoplepleaser #peoplepleasing #peoplepleasernomore #ownyourtruth
So much of our lives don't make sense until we're able to look back and see the bigger picture. 

In what ways could proximity be altering your current perspective? ✨

📷 : @deltavenus 

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery #allaboutperspective
Notice who supports your growth - and who doesn't. ✨

📷 : @quotesbychristie 

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework
Struggle can’t be skipped, cured, or medicated out of us. 

Suffering, like happiness, like contentment, like love, is fleeting. ✨

Further reading on the blog --> "Struggle: The Remedy is in the Wrestle" (link in bio) 🌿

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #brainscience #getstarted #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery #everythingsgonnabeok #therapymemes #therapyiscool #bostontherapist #motivatingquotes #whenyourestruggling #riseandshine #dothework #cestlavie #psychologyquotes #performancecoach
It reveals everything. And training for the big adversity happens in the ordinary adversity. ✨

📷 : @24lettersnet @ryanholiday 

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #adversity #dailystoic #ryanholiday
Don't believe everything you think. ✨

📷 : @adamgrant 

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis #youdoyou #competitiveadvantage #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #peakperformance #brainscience #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #performancequotes
Inside > Outside ✨👊🏼

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Are you consciously choosing? Or choosing by default?

It's an important distinction. ✨

#habits #habitchange #makingachange #trainyourbrain #brainscience #psychology #psychologymemes #clinicalpsychologist #performancecoach #peakperformance #optimalperformance #selfdevelopment #personalgrowth #abetterme #selfimprovement #neurobiology #neuroplasticity #therapyiscool #mentalhealthblog
Isn't it amazing how a challenge can feel overwhelming one moment, then completely doable the next, based on your frame of mind? ✨

What practices do you have in place to bring yourself back to a place of calm when turbulent waters hit? 🌿

#selfcare #awareness #mindfulness #mindfulliving #mentalwellbeing #mentalhealthawareness #lightenyourload #weightless #selfdevelopment #personalgrowth #therapyquotes #mytherapistsays #psychologists #mentalhealthblogger #mentalwellbeing #healthandwellnessblog #grit #struggleisreal #strugglin #thestruggle #lifestruggles #mindfullife #mindfulliving #peacefulmind
Don't let it stop you - there's so much more waiting on the other side. 👊🏼

📷 : @josh_littauer 

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #mindset #getstarted #entrepreneurquotes #motivationquotes #dailyinspo #gottastartsomewhere #performancecoach #dreambig #goalgetter #goaldigger #peakperformance #psychologist #therapyiscool #igotthis
It's not the feelings or emotions - it's what comes after. I’ve had a complicated relationship with feelings over the decades. This has been my life’s work. 

React? Or respond? There's a difference. ✨👊🏼

📷 : @beardsandbuddhi 

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #allthefeelings #mytherapy #justbreathe #selflove #selfdevelopment #trainyourbrain #recovery
We get knocked down - and we always get back up. 👊🏼

📷 : @sheovercameorg 

#mentalhealthblogger #performanceblog #performancecoach #peakperformance #optimalperformance #excellence #everydaygreatness #successquotes #psychologymemes #psychologist #brainscience #trainyourbrain #executives #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #flow #grit #resilient #igetknockeddownbutigetupagain #failures #growingthroughit
Don't let that comfort zone get too comfy. ✨

📷 : @20s.mindset 

#mindset #getstarted #juststart #justdoit #buildingmyempire #fempire #fempowerment #entrepreneurquotes #motivationquotes #dailyinspo #gottastartsomewhere #performancecoach #dreambig #goalgetter #goaldigger #peakperformance #psychologist #therapyiscool #igotthis #risktaker #riskhappy
Do you have an intentional recovery process in place for yourself?

It's essential - don't skip it. ✨

📷 : @wholenessatwork 

#taketimetorest #restandrecovery #recoveryquotes #donothing #selfcare #optimalperformance #wellnessweekend #healthandwellness #wellnessquotes #takecare #mytherapistsays #mytherapy #justbreathe #selflove #selfdevelopment #trainyourbrain #recovery #healthandwellness #renewyourmind #resetbutton #weekendreset

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