Sara Said, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has been licensed in California since 2009. Dr. Said provides an array of treatment, assessment, and psychological evaluation services for diverse clientele. She specializes in health, physical medicine & rehabilitation, pain management as well as in trauma-informed practice. Dr. Said ascribes to client-directed goals and treatment planning. Trained in a variety of approaches including but not limited to, cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, attachment, resilience and ego-supportive therapies, Dr. Said will also take an integrative approach to tailor interventions to best meet client’s unique needs across individual, couples, group and family modalities.
Dr. Said works actively and collaboratively with clients of all ages who may enter therapy for a variety of distressing symptoms. She has worked in both inpatient and community-based settings. Her inpatient work served adolescents suffering severe and chronic trauma as a result of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Dr. Said served as staff psychologist at the community-based Program for Torture Victims (PTV), in Los Angeles, where her work with survivors of torture included: psychological evaluation, psychotherapy, and expert testimony in LA County Immigration Court about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the impact of trauma, rape, and depression. In addition to inpatient and community-based work, Dr. Said has a private practice and is also the co-founder of Selamta, a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive mental health services to under-served communities.
Dr. Said is well versed in multicultural issues and has a keen awareness and sensitivity to diverse needs and values of minority groups. She is fluent in Tigrigna and Amharic, the respective national languages of Eritrea and Ethiopia.