Sara Zoeterman, PhD

Co-Clinical Director

Education:
I earned my doctorate and masters degrees in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University.

Experience:
My clinical internship training took place at Manhattan Psychiatric Center, a state psychiatric hospital for individuals who are chronically severely mentally ill. During my training years, I also worked in a non-profit organization for people who were re-integrating after having been imprisoned or homeless for longer periods of time, as well as in a low-fee psychotherapy clinic with children, adults, and families. I currently see patients privately in Tribeca in addition to being on faculty with Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, where I teach modules and give talks on interpersonal dynamics and feelings in the workplace.

Areas of focus/Specialties:
My practice currently centers on the interpersonal. I work mostly with relationship pairs – couples (in every stage of togetherness/separation), business partners, adult siblings, and adult parent/child pairs.

Style:
I have been told I have a relaxed, “familiar” style – people often feel at ease with me quickly – coupled with a tendency from the very beginning to inquire into clients’ perspectives with my observations.

Modalities/Tools/Approach:
I am trained in psychoanalytic/dynamic and cognitive-behavioral modalities. However, I think it’s a better characterization for me to say that I view psychotherapy as a constantly spontaneously emergent process – that is, there is no predetermined path, but rather, it appears incrementally as we move forward. Within that framework, my job is to stay constantly attuned to what is happening in the moment, and to say what I feel is important to observe at every turn, thus propelling us in some direction. In practical terms, sometimes that means a more cognitive-behavioral intervention is required, other times a more abstract, emotional, or depth-oriented observation.

You May Be:
A couple who are having major problems communicating or moving forward, (I have had some especially rewarding experiences working with people who are considering a break up or want help breaking up). You consistently work at being reflective, are open to seeing what I see, and honest about your reactions in-session.