Our Providers

Sita Sawyer, PhD

Pronouns

she/her

Education

PhD in Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona

BA in Human Biology, Stanford University

APA Accredited Predoctoral Internship at VA Puget Sound - American Lake

APA Accredited Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine (Behavioral Sleep Medicine)

Specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

Special Interests

Insomnia (and other sleep disorders), interaction of mental and physical health, chronic and acute illness, culture and diversity concerns, depression, anxiety, burnout, relationships (romantic and family), trauma

Therapy Style

Overall, as a therapist I strive for my clients to feel heard, understood, validated and supported as we collaboratively navigate their challenges. Both what and how you communicate to me are incredibly important, and my goal is to build on that in our work to make the changes you wish to see in your life. I prioritize understanding my clients’ individual needs, preferences, and motivations, expressly stated or not, and tailor my evidence-based practices with those considerations in mind.

Modality & Approach

In my bones I am a cognitive-behavioral psychologist, which simply means I A) prioritize the viewpoint of looking at ourselves and others through the interactions between our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physical sensations, and B) believe that focusing on our thoughts and behaviors allows for the most meaningful change in a time-limited way (in months, not years). I build on this foundation with third-wave cognitive-behavioral treatments like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which also consider our feelings and values in a more equitable way and utilizes mindfulness to do so. I also have a background in family systems and integrative couple therapy and thus also incorporate relationship dynamics into conceptualizing the fuller picture of your life.

What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?

My sentimental favorite is The House for a great date night and seafood! So many good options especially if you can venture to the South Bay, and I always return to Zeni Ethiopian in (west) San Jose.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your mental and emotional well-being?

Dedicated playtime with my toddler; a few minutes of meditation or just deep breathing usually multiple times through the day

Interests

Sports (especially football), exercise that’s fun, traveling, eating and exploring delicious food.

License Number and State

31564 - CA