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.

Our Team

Sita Sawyer, PhD

Location

Licensed In

CA

Approach

Acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i), Cognitive processing therapy (CPT), Harm reduction, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Integrative behavioral couple therapy (IBCT), Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

I strive for my clients to feel heard, understood, validated and supported as we collaboratively navigate your 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.

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 behavioral couple therapy and thus also incorporate relationship dynamics into conceptualizing the fuller picture of your life.

Education

BA - Human Biology, Stanford University

PhD - Clinical Psychology, University of Arizona

APA Accredited Predoctoral Internship - VA Puget Sound, American Lake

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

Specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

License Number and State

CA 31564

Pronouns

she/her

Why did you become a therapist?

As long as I can remember, I've wanted to be in a helping profession. Throughout my schooling, my personal and professional interest in the intersection of physical and mental health/wellness solidified my drive toward clinical psychology. The ability to utilize evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches on top of some of my inherent skills/disposition makes it hard for me to imagine any other career I would find as fulfilling.

What are your interests outside of work?

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

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

What is your favorite local restaurant and why?

Zeni Ethiopian in west San Jose - delicious food and family-owned and -operated.

What’s a social cause you’re passionate about?

Racial justice and equality