Dr. Sara Denman Therapy Techniques

In order to help clients reach their goals I implement a number of therapeutic techniques in accordance with individual’s needs. Some people work better with one particular therapeutic technique while others thrive from a blending of several styles.

I am skilled and trained in several Psychodynamic approaches such as Object-Relations, Self-Psychology, and Relational therapies, among others. These techniques are very effective with individuals who may have struggled socially and emotionally as children and have had difficulty developing effective coping skills as adults. These approaches help heal old wounds and help people develop more adaptive coping skills or defenses. In addition, clients can improve their ability to have healthy and happy relationships.

Although Psychodynamic techniques are very effective, sometimes they do not produce immediate behavioral changes. As a result, I often add Cognitive-Behavioral approaches, which helps clients shift negative thoughts and behaviors. The combination of Psychodynamic and Cognitive-Behavioral techniques are very useful for issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, among other challenges.

A third approach called Mindfulness is also helpful for many people. This method helps clients stay in the moment rather than being overwhelmed with anxiety or pressures from past or unknown future events. Many people are able to benefit from this theory.

Neuropsychology is a relatively new field, which is gaining a great deal of support and excitement. With this method, changes can be made by understanding the neurological reasons people think and behavior in particular ways. I have spent a great deal of time studying and training in this area in the last few years and it is proving to be very promising.

Therapy for Life Transitions

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Life Transitions come in many varieties. A young person is going away to college. A marriage is planned or maybe a new baby is on the way or there is a move up to a bigger and better job. These are all things that we think should


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Dr. Sara Denman sees patients from the Danville, Blackhawk, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Alamo, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and Concord - Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Therapies address divorce survival, life changes, trauma, anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders and self-esteem challenges.
Therapy techniques include Psychodynamic approaches such as Object-Relations, Self-Psychology, Relational therapies, Cognitive-Behavioral approaches, Mindfulness and Neuropsychology.