I believe you.

You know that feeling you get when things finally make sense? When you understand what’s standing in your way, how you can get past it, and that you can move on with your life? That’s the feeling I want for you.

I know trying to figure life out can be confusing, overwhelming, and frustrating. It can feel like you're the only one who can't "get it together." My favorite thing to do is to help people discover that they can be carefree and confident. When you feel empowered in the choices you make and strengthen your feelings of self-acceptance, you will tend to notice improvement in your relationships, your work, and the way you see yourself.

I use a conversational style of therapy that is grounded in real life. I don’t “keep secrets” or tell you what to do. I believe that the best way to feel better - and be better - is to be honest about what works for you and what doesn’t. I want to be a sounding board, to validate your successes and challenges and to make sure you take each step when you’re ready. You don’t have to convince me that what you’re feeling is real, or apologize if you think your problems are "not that big of a deal." Sure, I have my cynical moments, and I have a pretty dry sense of humor. But I also completely believe in people, including every person that walks through my door. That's why I became a therapist!

I have been providing therapy to clients since 2011. I have a passion for working within the LGBTQ+ community and with first generation Americans. I take an intersectional approach to therapy, and am particularly attuned to how the erasure of different identities affects people. In support of my mission for access to inclusive and affirming services, I've partnered with Building Allies, which provides training and consultation for corporations, agencies, mental health professionals, and other groups to educate and empower cisgender individuals to become active allies for the trans and gender nonconforming communities.  

I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT#98421) in my home state of California, and a member of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists. I'm a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a Certified Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist. I'm a graduate of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Los Angeles campus) and Mount Holyoke College. In my spare time, I take pictures of my pets, practice new recipes, and go to see live music. 

Get in touch if you would like to ask me any questions, or learn more about how I help clients.

contact

sara.stanizai@prospecttherapy.com

(562) 704-4736

office

6621 E Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 110

Long Beach, CA 90803


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