Sarah Dorrell

Please note that I am not accepting any new patients as I will be retiring from practice December 15, 2017. My sincere thanks to all of my clients - it's been a genuine pleasure to work with you all, and it's hard to say goodbye! I wish the very best to each of you!

Licensed Psychologist, PSY 12299
Phone: 925-372-6630, ext. 25
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My Psychotherapy Practice
I have an empathic, collaborative, and solution-focused style. My goal is to help people gain confidence and skills toward improved well-being and pursuit of their personal goals. My professional training is in psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral treatment approaches.

I am pleased to be an associate of the Alhambra Valley Counseling Center, since 2008. I work primary with adults and couples, providing support, feedback, and treatment for a variety of concerns including life transitions, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems.

Insurance accepted: Contra Costa Health Plan, MHN, Claremont, Blue Shield

My Background & Training
I first began my training in the late ‘70s, when I moved to California, from the East Coast (where I had lived in Maryland and Pennsylvania). I obtained my MFCC license in 1986; my Psychologist’s license in 1991. In the course of my training and career, I have worked in inpatient and outpatient departments in both medical facilities and community mental health programs. I worked in the Mental Health Department of a large HMO in the Bay area for nearly 20 years before moving into private practice exclusively.

Outside interests that help me stay healthy, include: hiking, swimming, kayaking, skiing, camping, travel, and photography.

My Education

  • Undergraduate Education:
    BA, English & Education, University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Graduate Education:
    MA & PhD, Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA
  • Predoctoral Internship:
    Outpatient Psychiatry, Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Postdoctoral Training:
    Contra Costa County Hospital, Crisis Services & Rehab Dept, Martinez, CA
  • Licensure:
    Licensed Psychologist in California (PSY 12299)