Sarah Leffler (she/her)

Accepting Clients

I have been working as a psychotherapist for twenty years and am certified in Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy.

Psychotherapist in Alexandria, VA

About My Clients

I enjoy working both with individuals and with couples. Some of the most common issues that bring individuals in to my practice include coping with anxiety, depression, relationship challenges or overcoming the impacts of past trauma. I also help couples from all walks of life re-connect, build intimacy, and communicate better with one another.

My Background and Approach

I went through a rigorous certification process to become an Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapist. Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy has been empirically validated in many randomized controlled trials of couples therapy. If you are coming for couples therapy, I will work with you to help you identify the patterns that you fall into in your relationship that leave you feeling disconnected from one another. We will explore the emotions and attachment styles that drive your patterns. I will then gently guide you in experimenting with new ways to express yourself more fully to your partner so that you can both feel understood. I also have advanced training in many different approaches to individual therapy including contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). Although EMDR was first developed to treat trauma, it is now used more broadly and can be transformative.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

Some key convictions underlie my approach to therapy. I believe that people’s experiences in early relationships, especially with primary care-givers, can have a subtle yet profound effect in later life. Discovering these connections can be illuminating and helpful. I believe in the mind-body connection. Insight alone is not always enough to provide relief. Sometimes when people feel stuck in therapy, it can be helpful to work more holistically.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network
  • Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • CareFirst
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 19 years of practice
  • Rate: $175/session


703-495-3105 Email Sarah
1600 Prince Street
Suite 102
Alexandria, VA 22310

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