Research suggests that more than half of us are burned out – feeling significantly depleted, depressed, apathetic, avoidant, tired, hopeless, and a sense of meaninglessness. Throughout this series, we explore factors that might protect us from experiencing this intense, heartbreaking process, and ways to reignite the passion within us – by practicing mindfulness, acceptance, and self-kindness, acknowledging our strengths, and connecting to what matters.
Dr. Sarah Leclerc is a clinical psychologist based in New York. She works with adults who experience anxiety and depression, feel lonely and disconnected, or have a difficult or painful relationship with their bodies and their being. Dr. Sarah deeply values connection and her dream is for individuals to find various spaces in which they feel at home. She believes that connecting with, being in tune with, and loving ourselves can all enhance our ability to feel a deep connection with each other, and to feel at home.
A bit more about her in her own words...
Growing up in Haiti and seeing the pain and suffering that we experience in this life solidified my desires to be a "listener." I was this quiet, shy six year old, who didn't even know the word "therapy." But even then, I could sense that having a space where people could share their stories and feel seen and validated would be a powerful, healing, and much needed space. And so, I persevered. I studied Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies at Pace University. I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University of La Verne. I worked in university counseling centers, psychiatric hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities. Most recently, I have been fascinated with online counseling. I mostly work with individuals who feel stuck, hopeless, and isolated. I also work with folks who experience trauma and grief, and who aren't sure how to move forward.
I utilize Feminist Therapy, Buddhist Psychology, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Some of the questions that these theoretical approaches attempt to explore are: can we practice acceptance around the fact that we experience suffering? Can we be present with our suffering? Can we practice engaging in a value-guided, passion-filled life while we're suffering?
Now, that you know a bit about my story, I do hope we can connect with each other. Know that I am so looking forward to walking with you on your journey.