Alana Sacks, MSW, LICSW

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with expertise in the treatment of psychological trauma as well as a general psychotherapy practice. It is my joy to hold space for others in their healing process and feel fortunate to be able to do so.  Over the years, I have witnessed incredible strength resilience, and growth in the clients I have been able to serve.  I believe that laughter can be as much a part of grief as sorrow is, that art is a pathway to communicating with ourselves as well as others, and that everyone deserves to be safe.  I do not believe there is one “right answer,” rather there is only finding the answer that is “right” for the unique individual, for you.  Together, we can create the environment and establish the trust necessary for finding that answer.

In my decade of experience, I have provided both individual and group counseling, in both long-term and brief treatment settings.  I have worked with a variety of co-occurring diagnoses, with a particular focus on supporting survivors of violence and engaging in the treatment of psychological trauma, and I have worked in a variety of settings including a dual-diagnosis partial hospitalization program, an inpatient psychiatric unit, outpatient mental health, a community center for survivors of interpersonal harm, a correctional institution, and a university health center.  Additional areas of interest include working with anxiety, depression, PTSD, secondary trauma/compassion fatigue, substance abuse, self-harming behaviors, disordered eating, relationship problems, ADHD, sleep concerns, gender, and LGBTQ community concerns.

My clinical practice utilizes a trauma-informed and socioecological frame and I draw from a number of modalities to provide flexible care to the clients I serve, including psychodynamic therapy, CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Sensorimotor, Relapse Prevention, IFS, Feminist, Existential, and Expressive Therapy.  I have also presented nationally on topics such as responding to trauma and vicarious traumatization, screening for interpersonal violence, and utilizing an intersectional approach to sexual violence prevention education.