Sarah McLaughlin, LMFT

415-830-9971

Operating as usual

04/28/2020

HAVN COLLECTIVE // The psychotherapy practice I co-founded currently has space for new clients. Our clinicians are warm, skilled and compassionate - that’s why we hired them!

Each clinician has an additional sliding scale space on their caseload as part of our response to COVID-19. We are all providing virtual therapy at this time, which means you can work with us as long as you are a California resident.

Visit our website (link in bio) to learn more or to schedule INSTANTLY online ✨ @havncollective

03/20/2020

As someone who has been borderline quarantined all winter - thanks to an adorable newborn - I’d like to share with you a practice that my husband (who works from home) and I instated early on in the newborn phase.

This practice really helped us share this small space and feel relatively well taken care of and nourished during those first few weeks. And while we fell out of the habit when our sleep stretches lengthened and I was getting out of the house with W more, I think it’s time to bring it back... At the beginning of the day, start by asking your partner, teenager or roommate “What do you need today?” It’s so simple, right? In my case, in the hazy newborn weeks my answer would 99% of the time be “a NAP” or maybe a shower, 10 minutes alone to drink a tea. Then I would reciprocate and ask “what do you need today?” This practice may be more helpful for parents, or those who are doing double duty of work and caretaking at the moment, but I also think it’s just helpful for anyone cohabitating. Maybe you need your roommate to give you an hour alone in the common space. Or you ask them to shower or go for a walk while you take your virtual therapy session 😉 Whatever the need may be, I think we can all be explicit with those in our lives right now and ask them directly as well.

What did I need today? Yoga with @sanfranciscoyogi 🙏🏼 My partner took the babe for a walk and I had an awesome practice. He’ll get his sunset surf in a few hours 🧡

What do you need today?

03/13/2020

Hello, hi! I am taking a break from maternity leave land to pop in and say hello 👋🏼 I have been truly present during this transformative time and it’s been nothing short of magical ✨ AND all the more rewarding that I have another piece of my identity and self as a therapist, that I get to return to in just 3 weeks!

I will be back in the office the week of April 6th and I’m really looking forward to it. I have begun to get my schedule together and for the first time in a while, I will have space for new clients!

As you know, I specialize in treating anxiety - all types - in women. This includes OCD features, panic, health anxiety, social anxiety and of course generalized anxiety. Head on over to my website (link in bio) to peruse my blog posts and get to know me/my work better.

Who are my clients? Amazing women who seem (on the outside)to be kicking ass at life, while struggling greatly on the inside. You know that quote that goes something like “just because she carries it well doesn’t mean it’s not heavy” - Those are my gals. Women who think *maybe* things aren’t supposed to feel this difficult. Who are TIRED of worrying and overthinking. Who say yes to doing too much and taking care of everyone else before themselves. Who want PEACE and aren’t sure how to get it.

I have space for these women. If this is you or someone you know, reach out to me (through my website or email) to schedule a consultation call or appointment.

I’ll be back to blogging and posting somewhat regularly soon. In the meantime everyone take GOOD care 🧡

* teletherapy will be an option for clients if social distancing/quarantine measures are still in place come April.

12/06/2019

I just wrapped up my last week of work and maternity leave has officially begun! It feels great to have a job that is difficult to leave, to know that I’ll genuinely miss my clients and to be excited at the thought of coming back in the Spring. I continue to be endlessly grateful and honored to do this work ✨

p.s @havncollective still has two (soon to be three) clinicians accepting referrals, so clients can continue to be sent that way!

08/12/2019

SECOND Annual HAVN Retreat! ✨ This past weekend was spent in the dreamiest location reflecting on the past year of our Holistic Psychotherapy Practice.

We’ve seen the onboarding of three amazing Therapists (@catharinepritchard / @therapywithkrista / Ashli Rocha) and a Nutrition Health Coach (@whole.nourishment ) ~ Served around 100 San Francisco clients ~ led some amazing groups of women through our events (be it our much loved Book Clubs or workshops) and we have truly loved every minute of the journey.

Here’s to HAVN turning one! And to an exciting next year where we have more growth and exciting happenings in store for our community.

Make sure you’re following us @havncollective - Visit our website (link in bio) to learn about upcoming events or to schedule an appointment with one of our clinicians 🧡

08/12/2019

SECOND Annual HAVN Retreat! ✨ This past weekend was spent in the dreamiest location reflecting on the past year of our Holistic Psychotherapy Practice.

We’ve seen the onboarding of three amazing Therapists (@catharinepritchard / @therapywithkrista / Ashli Rocha) and a Nutrition Health Coach (@whole.nourishment ) ~ Served around 100 San Francisco clients ~ led some amazing groups of women through our events (be it our much loved Book Clubs or workshops) and we have truly loved every minute of the journey.

Here’s to HAVN turning one! And to an exciting next year where we have more growth and exciting happenings in store for our community.

Make sure you’re following us @havncollective - Visit our website (link in bio) to learn about upcoming events or to schedule an appointment with one of our clinicians 🧡

08/12/2019

SECOND Annual HAVN Retreat! ✨ This past weekend was spent in the dreamiest location reflecting on the past year of our Holistic Psychotherapy Practice.

We’ve seen the onboarding of three amazing Therapists (@catharinepritchard / @therapywithkrista / Ashli Rocha) and a Nutrition Health Coach (@whole.nourishment ) ~ Served around 100 San Francisco clients ~ led some amazing groups of women through our events (be it our much loved Book Clubs or workshops) and we have truly loved every minute of the journey.

Here’s to HAVN turning one! And to an exciting next year where we have more growth and exciting happenings in store for our community.

Make sure you’re following us @havncollective - Visit our website (link in bio) to learn about upcoming events or to schedule an appointment with one of our clinicians 🧡

08/06/2019

San Francisco based Therapists! We are hiring one new member for our awesome team.

- Must be able to see 15-18 clients weekly
- Have a mix of morning/evening and one weekend day availability
- Have a registered number with the BBS

We will consider Associates (AMFT, ASW, APCC) and Licensed Clinicians, as long as you are not concurrently working in another private practice setting.

Start date ASAP! Email us to apply ✨

06/12/2019

I have two daytime session spots opening up come July! If you have tried to connect with me this year, you know my schedule has been really tight... Now would be a great time to shoot me an email - or call me - and get on the calendar for next month ✨

I work with women struggling with anxiety (including health anxiety and obsessive-compulsive tendencies) women who have LOUD negative self-talk and struggle to see just how wonderful they are.

I would love to hear from ya! 🧡

havncollective.com 05/30/2019

Upcoming Events – Havn Collective

Bay Area! Here's a sneak peek at some workshops HAVN will be offering this summer!

visit our website to learn more and register for 1, 2 or all 3!
http://havncollective.com/events/

havncollective.com Join HAVN and acupuncturist Karinn Gallagher to ask everything you've wanted to know about acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese Medicine, all in a safe, warm environment.

05/20/2019

I’m sitting here writing the last discussion questions for our LAST book club meeting of the Spring and I’m just feeling so grateful.

I’m grateful for the 13 women this Spring (and the 15 women this past Winter) who signed up for a club where they didn’t know anyone(!!) They signed up to talk about BIG, *real* topics like, shame, vulnerability, relationships, pain etc. and boy did these women SHOW UP.

All of these women have shown up wholeheartedly with courage to share their experiences and support their fellow group members and it’s such a privilege to witness.

I feel grateful that this part of mine and @therapywithkat ‘s vision has come to light. We knew that @havncollective Would offer individual holistic therapy services, but we also envisioned opportunities to bring women together in community and book club has been just that! 📚

We have something a little different in store for this summer (more on that later, sneak peek on our website) but community and group will still be at the heart of what we’re offering this upcoming season. I really hope you’ll keep joining us in forming this community of curious and courageous seekers 💫

#curiousandcourageous

04/11/2019

What are your boundaries with technology? Its always a good idea to review what you're doing and think about whether or not it's working for you.

The instantaneous exchange of information (made possible by our technology) has created an unrealistic demand on our time and attention. For many of us, our work email is linked to our phone, in addition to a personal email or two (??) Emails, calls, texts, a comment on an instagram picture... all of these forms of technological communication can create a never ending to-do list when you are expecting yourself to respond to each one. Right now, too many of us are on-call 24/7 to our technology and it has the same affect as being on-call 24/7 for work. Our phone is like a dysfunctional, needy boss - always wanting more from us. We NEED to unplug and be truly "off-duty."

The feeling that you are constantly behind, that you aren't responsive enough, that you have to address something immediately (lest it get lost in the ether)... This causes underlying anxiety that you may be well aware of, or that you maybe never pinpointed before. And guess what? The answer isn't to be more efficient, to respond to emails on the weekend or to just work harder. Nothing is wrong with you. There is something wrong with our system, with our new normal.

Tomorrow I’ll post some tips for creating boundaries around technology. In the meantime, these are some good questions to ask:
* When am I available to respond to emails/call/texts? (the answer might be different for each one)
* How quickly do I expect others to return my texts/calls/emails?
* How quickly do I expect myself to respond to communications?
* How often am I apart from my phone AND computer? * Do I sleep with my phone next to me?
* Do I interrupt quality time with family and friends to respond immediately to emails or texts?

03/28/2019

PRESCRIBING A HABIT

Many of my clients maintain mental health by making very intentional lifestyle choices that (they have learned) are optimal for them. They know that neglecting to prioritize these choices may result in the return of depression/anxiety, less energy or a ripple affect where they make other poor choices. So they focus every day on implementing what they know works. Some examples below:

/ meal prepping during the weekend / avoiding caffeine / maintaining a journaling practice / limiting alcohol / scheduling "down time" / meditating / spending sufficient time with friends / exercising a certain # of times during the week / getting in bed at a specific hour / developing a night time routine / avoiding foods that diminish energy

This list might be different for everyone. What works for you may differ from what works best for me. As we continue to raise awareness about mental health it's important to keep this in mind: the friend who has to go home on a Sunday to meal prep may be keeping depression at bay by feeding herself nourishing meals all week long. The person who won't have more than one drink out on a Saturday night may be avoiding anxiety that crops up if they have more. Your coworker who seems so rigid about her yoga classes may have learned that 3 classes a week lead to her feeling 100x better than if she doesn't do this.

In my work with clients I may "prescribe" them one of these practices. We work together to find the lifestyle choices or habits that make a big difference and then prescribe them. When clients take the prescription seriously, they often feel a lot better. This is what holistic psychotherapy looks like, taking into account what we do each day, who we are around and what we put into our bodies to develop a full picture of our mental health.

Are there any practices you swear by? What habits are necessary for you to feel your best?

havncollective.com 02/12/2019

Diving Deeper: Holistic Nutrition – Havn Collective

I would love to introduce all of you to our HAVN integrative nutritionist, Katie Schmidt. She works virtually with clients from anywhere and she is lovely. You can email [email protected] if you'd like to inquire about her services. To read her explanation of Holistic Nutrition, click below...
http://havncollective.com/diving-deeper-holistic-nutrition/

havncollective.com February 11, 2019 Wellness Diving Deeper: Holistic Nutrition What is Holistic Nutrition? By Katie SchmidtIntegrative Nutrition Health Coach Holistic nutrition is a philosophy that recognizes health is multi-dimensional, comprised of the physical, chemical, mental, emotional, and spiritual body. As s...

01/14/2019

Hey Bay Area, Last call for our book club - We begin on JANUARY 24th! Start your New Year connected to community and rooted in your resilience - join me and my wonderful @havncollective co-founder @therapywithkat as we explore @brenebrown ‘s book Rising Strong in a 6 week book club series 📚 Hosted at the lovely @practice.sf

We will begin each session with time for meditation and focus on the breath. Beginning each group in this way exposes you to new practices that you may want to incorporate into your life. These practices also help you shrug off the chaos of the day and become grounded and centered so that you can show up for one another with patience, presence and compassion.

Next, we will spend 45 minutes each week in a process circle discussing the assigned section of the book. Inevitably big topics come up - shame, vulnerability, resilience, courage, community and others. As a group we hold a sacred, non-judgmental and compassionate space for group members to be heard. We refrain from advice giving or rescuing each other from exploring whatever feelings come up.

We will end each session with 30-45 minutes of restorative yoga practice. The yoga practice is friendly for beginners and experienced yogis alike. Restorative poses are designed to fully support the body (using many props) in a restful state. This practice is a very effective way to calm the nervous system and allow you to succumb to a deep state of truly "being."

This group is for you if you:
- Crave honest discussion on the power of leaning into uncomfortable emotions
- Want to build community around deep topics that may not come up in your daily conversations
- Want an evening in your week set aside for growth, vulnerability and rejuvenation
- Are new to yoga, or want to connect with your yoga practice in a different way

Go to the “Happenings” tab at www.havncollective.com for more information, and email us at [email protected] to register and reserve your spot!

"As we Join our Energy with those in the Circle, We become Part of Something more Powerful than the Individuals within it" 🔆
- daily om

12/21/2018

Hello lovely community! I am signing off of Instagram until next year. It’s time for a little break from this “work”
that I love so much and feel so honored to have. In the meantime, some reminders for you this time of year:

〰️ *things* rarely make us feel merry & bright - for long
〰️ it's okay if this is a difficult time of year for you
〰️ loss is often amplified around the holidays
〰️ watch the shoulds... "I should feel festive this time of year, I should be able to buy my sister a nice gift, etc."
〰️ setting a boundary can look like opting out of gift buying
〰️ self-care might mean saying no to certain events/activities
〰️ it might be a nice time to reflect on the previous year and think about what you want for the coming one
〰️ this month might call for more sleep, coziness and warm foods, EMBRACE that ✨

And some ways to stay connected until I’m back in the New Year!
➝ Take a peek at my top nine posts of 2018 👆🏼
➝ Connect with @havncollective if you haven’t yet
➝ Check our some of HAVN’s happenings in the New Year - I would love to see you at our book club!
➝ Visit my website (link in bio) and read some of my older blog posts

Be well & Take good care of yourselves. See ya next year ✌🏼

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