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.

Effective or ineffective - can you assess from there? ✨

📷 : @deconstruct_everything 

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Become aware of the tradeoffs you're making in keeping things exactly as they are. ✨

📷 : @laura_mckowen 

#mentalhealthblogger #optimalperformance #excellence #everydaygreatness #successquotes #psychologymemes #psychologist #brainscience #trainyourbrain #executives #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #flow #grit #resilient
When has this been true in your life? ✨

📷 : @tinybuddhaofficial 

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Your free time, your work time... spend it with intention. ✨

📷 : @the_womens_collective 

#taketimetorest #restandrecovery #selfcare #optimalperformance #wellnessweekend #healthandwellness #wellnessquotes #takecare #mytherapistsays #mytherapy #justbreathe #selflove #selfdevelopment #intentionalliving #mindfullife
There's a beautiful simplicity to this. 

No drama, just a decision. Just done. 👊🏼

📷 : @fuckologyofficial 

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #happierliving  #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #nofucksgiven
What are your stories telling you? ✨

📷 : @arrivewellbeing 

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis #youdoyou #competitiveadvantage #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #performancequotes
Any external change is rooted within. This is an inside job. ✨

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You're never going to feel like you're 100% ready. Start anyway. ✨

#mindset #getstarted #juststart #justdoit #buildingmyempire #fempire #fempowerment #entrepreneurquotes #motivationquotes #dailyinspo #gottastartsomewhere #performancecoach #dreambig #goalgetter #goaldigger #peakperformance #psychologist #therapyiscool #igotthis
Time has this funny way of playing tricks with your memory once someone is gone. The things I thought I would remember about my mom are a distant memory, at best, while the innocuous and most unusual aspects of her have remained untouched. 🌿

I hope you find the literal and metaphoric meaning for your life, too, in these little pieces of advice she gave me before her passing that I'm sharing on the blog today. 👇🏽

NEW POST ✨ "Finding Sage Wisdom in the Seemingly Superficial" --> LINK in BIO ✨

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #mytherapistsays #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #psychologyblog
This has taken me a lifetime to grasp. ✨

#insightful #becomingconscious #theunconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #therapy #dothework #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery
It's all rooted in your daily habits. ✨

Which of your habits serve the greater good you seek for your life? And which don't? 💡

#happier #happyliving #happinessquotes #letitgo #storyteller #blamegame #ownit #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #therapyworks #therapist #psychologist #truthbomb #mindfulliving #knowthyself #takingownership #awareness #mentalwellbeing #selfmastery
In any moment, this is always an option for you. Here's to reinvention tours 😉👊🏼 

📷 : @marieforleo 

#awareness #cultivatingawareness #selfmastery #personalpower #ivegotthepower #yougotthis #youdoyou #competitiveadvantage #optimalperformance #optimalwellbeing #peakperformance #brainscience #learnthelessons #selfdevelopment #performancequotes
That's my kind of power. 👊🏼

#mentalhealthblogger #performanceblog #performancecoach #peakperformance #optimalperformance #excellence #everydaygreatness #successquotes #psychologymemes #psychologist #brainscience #trainyourbrain #executives #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #flow #grit #resilient
What feelings do the people you surround yourself with bring out in you? ✨

📷 : @sasha_tozzi 

#mentalhealthblogger #performanceblog #performancecoach #peakperformance #optimalperformance #psychologymemes #psychologist #brainscience #trainyourbrain #executives #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #executivecoach
Shame is a time traveler— it moves through families, cultures, systems, and organizations. ✨

It shapes us down deep where unconscious patterns rule the roost. 👇🏼

ON the BLOG --> "The Psychology of Secrecy" --> LINK in my BIO 🧠

#mentalhealthblogger #performanceblog #performancecoach #peakperformance #optimalperformance #psychologymemes #psychologist #brainscience #trainyourbrain #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #flow #grit #resilient #shame #secrecy #psychologyblog
Small, incremental goals is what will get you there. 👊🏼

#personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfconfidence #trainyourbrain #optimalperformance #performancequotes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #yougotthis #insidejob #grit #resilience #pushit #digdeeper #dothework #executivecoach
Everything costs something. ✨

📷 : @shegoes.company 

#mindset #getstarted #juststart #justdoit #buildingmyempire #fempire #fempowerment #entrepreneurquotes #motivationquotes #dailyinspo #gottastartsomewhere #performancecoach #dreambig #goalgetter #goaldigger #peakperformance #psychologist
Ain't that the truth. ✨

📷 : @halfietruths 

#insightful #becomingconscious #psychologymemes #psychologyquotes #psychologist #mytherapistsays #insidejob #mentalhealthblogger #psychologyblog #therapyiscool #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #selfmastery
Fight the good fight. 👊🏼

#happier #happyliving #happinessquotes #ownit #personalgrowth #selfdevelopment #therapyworks #therapist #psychologist #truthbomb #mindfulliving #knowthyself #takingownership #awareness #mentalwellbeing #selfmastery
This is a helpful cheat sheet. ✨

📷 : @theshopodcast 

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