Individual & Group Supervisions

Objective

To support practitioners and professional working with cases who present with complex psychosexual or relationship dimensions.

Who Can Attend

  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Sex Therapists
  • Sexuality Counselors
  • Sexuality Educators
  • Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs)
  • Couple Therapists and Counselors
  • Obstetrics and Gynecologists
  • Urologists and Andrologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Sexuality Researchers
  • Psychosexual Therapists
  • Doctoral students
  • Educational program developers
  • Couches
  • Individuals in leadership positions who need a sounding board, immediate feedback on effective communicational tools and crisis management.

Format and Fees

  • Individual (60 minutes), $250 per session (weekly or as needed). $1,100 for a package of 5 sessions.
  • Groups (120 minutes), $120 per session (maximum 8 colleagues). Monthly sessions run on the last Friday of each month 9-11 am in Dr. Sara’s Palo Alto office. The commitment to a year is required to guarantee optimal outcome of the group experience.
  • If you are interested in online group supervisions, please contact us using the contact page.
  • Professionals hotline service: this is an ongoing support with a monthly retainer fee. It is a new support system I created based on the common demand I receive from various groups of professionals. I look at it as a hotline for professionals so they always have access to support whenever they need it. You might have a question regarding a case, might wish to debrief or have questions about resources on a certain topic. Whatever your need is, you will basically sign up as a part of our “thinking group” with an affordable monthly payment. In return, you will have one video consultation for 30 minutes, up to 5 email exchanges (500 words each) and two telephone consultations each for 30 minutes per month. These packages are individually tailored to meet your needs. Please contact me if you are interested and we will compose your package together.

Commonly Asked Questions

  1. Do I have to have a case every time to attend? No.
  2. Am I guaranteed a time to present my issues and cases? Yes. Every member of the group who has a case to present would communicate up to 24 hours prior to the meeting. They will each be given an allocated time to present, ask questions or bring in an issue of interest and receive feedback including practical tips for practice from Dr. Sara and comments from other members of the group.
  3. Do I have to present on my own case to benefit? Absolutely not! There will be practical suggestions for session management and the process that could be utilized for clients with similar or different presenting problems at your own practice.
  4. Do I have to specialize in psychosexual issues to benefit? No. Anyone who sees clients or have a particular interest to raise awareness, knowledge and skills in working with psychosexual issues within couples and in individuals could benefit from these rich sessions.
  5. What should I expect from the experience? Dr. Sara’s goal is to offer individual support as well as to create a community of practitioners who share similar understanding around the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of psychosexual issues. A community that could then offer support to one another and other peers in years to come. Here are some quotes from colleagues who she supervised in the past:

Testimonials

“ I have been a couple counselor for 11 years before I started seeing an increase of presenting sexual problems at my practice. I am glad I reached out to Sara especially in cases that I thought I could not do much more. Sara is authentic, creative in her approach and her knowledge of various aspects of sexual issues is second to none. I am really glad I met her!” Kim Wallace, PhD Couple Therapist

I attended Sara’s group supervisions online. This group is a rich resource for me. Where I practice there are not many people who deal with sexual issues. I can come into the group with anything really. From self reflection and doubts to issues with patient management. Her approach is truly holistic and our group is like my professional family now.” Nahid Farahi, MD Psychiatrist

 

“Being supervised by Sara is a unique experience all around. My supervision and training with her through her HAT program provided me an opportunity to grow and learn new skills as a beginner therapist. Sara has the ability to inspire and challenge you while making you feel comfortable and connected in both one-on-one and group settings. She awakens a passion in you. Sara’s knowledge and wisdom come from her world travels and involvement, not just what goes on in the therapy room. Learning about diversity, especially when the topic is sexuality, is invaluable to the practice of therapy. I have learned so much about being a professional from Sara as well. She is caring and supportive throughout the process and this models how to be with clients. I am so glad that I invested in myself and my clients by taking the training with Sara.” Lynn Kufner M.Ed., Ed.S.

Institutional Support

World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) has devised the International Guidelines for the Standard Practices in various disciplines in the field of Human Sexuality. One of Dr. Sara’s responsibilities as an Executive Officer at WAS and an elected member of these committees has been to help colleagues within various regions and countries to implement successful sexuality education programs for their institutions, communities and at the national level. You can contact her to arrange for consultation if your organization, NGO, university or association is in need of help to evaluate programs or implement standards of practice in place.

WAS standards of professions for the Sexuality and Relationship Education and Promotion could be viewed here and the guidelines for the Sex and Relationship Counselors and Psychotherapists could be accessed here.

Student Supervision

Over the years, Dr. Sara worked with talented students from across the world as an external supervisor for their thesis and dissertations.

The topics ranged within the realm of social psychology, social marginalization (or exclusion), socio-cultural issues, sexual health and relationship education, clinical services and therapeutic approaches.

She has supervised or been an external examiner for students from Sydney University, New York University, Tehran University, University of Cambridge, University of Lyon, Columbia University graduate school of Journalism and so on.

Topics included:

  • The role of sexual communication in couple’s overall relationship satisfaction
  • Economics of sex
  • Disability and sexuality
  • Immigrants attitudes towards sexuality
  • Effective sexual health curriculum for schools
  • Influencing factors on gender identity of young men
  • Sexual development in the context of culture
  • Influence of cultural values on sexual development of young men and women
  • The use of systems approach in assessment and diagnosis of sexual dysfunctions within a couple’s dynamic

If you are a doctoral student and would like Dr. Sara to be your external supervisor/advisor, she could review your research proposal and if the topic was within the area of her expertise, you would be asked to formalize this relationship through your university and then your supervision meetings with Dr. Sara typically in the format of Skype sessions on a monthly basis could begin.