Welcome!  My name is Sara West, and I appreciate you taking the time to visit the website for my private psychotherapy practice in San Jose, California.

Since you’ve found my website, it’s likely you’ve either been searching the Internet for a therapist, or someone mentioned my name and you’re here to learn more about the services I offer and decide if I can help you.

If you’re searching for:

  • Better communication skills and relationships with your partner, your children, other family members, friends, or co-workers,
  • Treatment for you or someone you know who is suffering from alcoholism or chemical dependency,
  • Relief from anxiety, depression, or work-related stress,
  • Healing from trauma and/or relief from the symptoms of PTSD,
  • A greater ability to understand and control your emotions, or
  • An ability to laugh off criticism more easily and achieve some peace of mind.

Therapy can not only successfully address these and other problems and offer relief and healing, but can be an extremely positive, life-changing experience.

Is Therapy Right For You?

Whether or not therapy is right for you is a question of what you value, want, and expect out of life.

This is the life we get and it’s up to us to make the most of it. Pain and heartache are a natural part of life, and they don’t have to be avoided. If they can be faced with honesty and courage, discomfort and pain can be turned into opportunities for learning, growth, and personal enrichment.

In a world of quick fixes and pithy explanations for human behavior, psychotherapy is a commitment to a deeper understanding. Therapy is about making changes. It’s about letting go of beliefs and behaviors that aren’t bringing you happiness, and learning new ways to create the change you’re seeking in your life.

If you feel stuck, discouraged, or defeated, you need to know that optimism, confidence, and happiness can be yours, as can pain management and making the most of change. If you’re willing to do the work, therapy can be one of the most positive, life-changing, and rewarding experiences you ever have.

Selecting the Best Therapist… for You!

When looking for a therapist, there is much more to consider than the therapist’s experience and training.

The relationship and trust that is built between a therapist and patient is often the most important contributor to successful therapy. Therefore, you must find a therapist to work with who feels like a good fit for your unique personality and needs.

I encourage you to “interview” several prospective therapists to get a sense of who they are and how they can help your specific situation. And if therapy with one therapist doesn’t seem to be working, I recommend you seek out another practitioner before giving up on the process itself.

To find out more about the services I offer, I encourage you to review this website using the links above, or you may navigate to a particular topic of interest on the following list:

Regardless of who you decide to work with, I offer my respect and congratulations to you for taking the first brave step of seeking help. The next courageous step is to schedule the first appointment. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at 408-257-2515 or at sara@sarawesttherapy.com with any questions, to request referrals, or to schedule a free initial phone consultation. I look forward to helping you in any way I can.

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