About Sara Nett, Psy.D.
Meet Sara Nett, Psy.D.
This is not a traditional “About Me” page. If you would like resume-style information about my credentials and qualifications, please see below. These things are certainly important. However, when trying to select a therapist, I think that most people want to know the following:
- What is it like to work with you?
- What is a typical session like?
- How can you help me?
What is it like to work with you?
I am an introvert, but most of my clients are surprised to learn that. I think that’s because they experience me as impassioned, authentic, and compassionately firm. I’m not a “nod and smile” kind of therapist. I ask my clients to set meaningful goals when we begin our work together, and I work hard to compassionately hold people accountable, in order to support them in making meaningful change.
I am confident in my abilities as a therapist. However, I’m also realistic. If I don’t think that I have the expertise needed to assist you, I will tell you and help you find someone who is better suited for your needs.
I value authenticity in my personal life, as well as my professional life. I’m an expert in the science of psychology, and I’ve spent many years studying human behavior. However, at the end of the day, I’m just another imperfect human trying to live by my values as best I can (read: I make plenty of mistakes and have to do work on myself, too). I will use my training as a psychologist and the knowledge and life experience I’ve acquired along the way to help you as best I can, but I will not sit stiffly across from you, presume to know you, or tell you how you should be living your life.
What is a typical session like?
In the beginning, I will spend time getting to know you, your struggles, your strengths, and your goals for therapy. I want to understand what pains you, what inspires you, and what gives you hope.
In general, you can expect our sessions to be active and focused. I find that introducing a structure into therapy sessions typically results in clients addressing their most urgent concerns and staying focused on the goals they have set. At the beginning of each session, we will work together to set an agenda. Agenda setting will allow us to: 1) review our previous session and what you’ve been working on since we last met, 2) set the focus for the current session, 3) work on strategies, in-session, to bring you closer to your goals, and 4) set goals for practice between sessions. While I value structure in sessions, I also think that therapy should be flexible, collaborative, dynamic, energizing, and even humorous, at times. Our sessions will not be one-sided, stiff, or boring. We will use our partnership to actively work on finding effective, creative solutions to the problems you are facing.
How can you help me?
I can start by providing a safe, validating space where you can be honest and real without fearing judgment or criticism. We will work together to fully understand the problems you are facing. I will share evidence-based, effective strategies for addressing your specific problems, and I will teach you how to use them in your everyday life. Throughout our work together, I will help you evaluate whether what we are doing is actually helping you.
Ready to get to work?
If my approach sounds like one that might be fitting for you, or if you have questions you need answered prior to scheduling an initial appointment, please call today. I look forward to hearing from you and learning how I can help.
Now, for the more "traditional" information about my practice:
I offer a number of different Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies (CBT) to help people begin moving toward their goals. CBT can help you examine thought patterns and behaviors that may be contributing to the problems that are prompting you to seek therapy. In addition to helping with symptom reduction, CBT can help you strengthen skills that can be applied across situations throughout the lifespan (even after therapy is over!).
I began providing psychological services during my graduate training in 2004 and received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Indiana State University in 2008. I hold an active license to practice psychology in the state of Maryland. My practice typically consists of adults seeking to reduce symptoms of anxiety and/or depression, increase their ability to manage their emotions more effectively, and build stronger, healthier relationships with important people in their lives. I have nearly 10 years of experience working with military service members and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (following combat and sexual assault). I have a special interest in assisting with postpartum adjustment, including treatment of postpartum depression and anxiety.
I have received training from national experts in the following cognitive-behavioral therapies:
Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Prolonged Exposure therapy for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
Specialties At A Glance
Anxiety, Fears, and Phobias
Trauma Recovery, Including Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Impact of Trauma on Pregnancy, Labor & Delivery, and Postpartum Adjustment
Postpartum Depression and Anxiety