Working with you to bring greater satisfaction and well being to your life.
I provide counseling services and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. This includes individual therapy and couples counseling to those who find they are facing challenges in their relationships in any area of life. In addition, I work with individuals and families in recovery from the challenges of addictive behaviors.
Establishing rapport, trust, and empathy in the therapeutic relationship is crucial to meeting my clients' needs.
When we feel challenged to resolve persistent problems that arise in our lives and relationships, when a crisis occurs, or we experience unexpected and traumatic events, we can come to feel life unraveling. It is my goal to work with you towards understanding and creating a sense of hope, confidence, and purposeful direction for your life and relationships.
Your emotional and mental health is very important in order to bring about greater peace and balance in your life, and to the lives of your families and loved ones.
Treatments are creatively tailored to the individual needs of every client.
Don't be afraid to take the first step in a positive direction!
About Sarah Kate Venison
Sarah Kate Venison, or Kate, is a licensed marriage and family therapist based in Westport, Connecticut with over 15 years of experience in community agency, private practice, mental health advocacy and prevention work. She holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, certifications in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Yoga, Kripalu Yoga in Schools, and Relational Life Couples/Family Model. She is a Nationally Approved Supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AMMFT) with a passion for helping other mental health professionals enter the field and continue professional growth throughout their careers.
Sarah Kate also possesses years of experience in not-for-profit and community-based agencies. Her varied experiences have served to strengthen her systems approach allowing her to look at a person as a whole within the context of their lives and relationships.
While no one method or treatment plan fits all clients, Sarah Kate works with each individual, couple, or family to identify ways to meet desired outcomes for change and a lasting sense of ability to navigate through the stressors in life. She draws on intensive training in structural and contextual family therapy, play therapy for children and families, trauma specific models such as EMDR, and her expertise as a certified yoga teacher to utilize mind-body practices and skills for well-being. As a Relational Life Therapist and Coach, her work with couples is intensive and teaches practical skills for healthy relationships that provide a foundation and blueprint across all relationships.
Having been raised in a blended family, and now a parent and step-parent to six, her understanding of the complexities of modern relationships and families allows her to further connect with her clients.
A range of psychotherapy, counseling and consulting services can be provided for individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents pertaining to mental health, coping skills, relationships issues, personal growth, and more. If you have a question, just ask. Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach. I will work with you to determine the best program for your specific needs.
Individual therapy is a cooperative process between a therapist and a person in therapy. You may wish to overcome obstacles, learn life skills to handle difficult situations, make healthy decisions, or improve your quality of life. People may seek therapy for help with issues that are hard to face alone and often continue with ongoing therapy for self-growth.
Provides clinical supervision for agency staff and individual clinicals, both pre-licensed and experienced clinicians. Consultation to agencies and communities seeking program evaluation and systems informed programming. Program experience includes collaborations with local, regional and state agencies to implement programs that focus on mental health topics across life span.
Couples counseling brings people who have an intimate relationship into the treatment process to work on issues and increase their connection. This can include family members, business partners, and couples, often focusing on the challenges within the relationship such as communicating more effectively, improving trust, and mutual respect for each other.
Certified as a Mental Health First Aid trainer, I provide community and staff training on a variety of mental health and substance abuse topics. Evidenced based curriculums from National Council for Behavioral Health for Youth, Adults and specialized employment and demographic groups. Suicide prevention trainings include QPR (Question.Persuade.Refer) and ASSIST Additionally, I work with organizations to provide topical information and staff presentations.
Family counseling brings parents, siblings, and extended family members such as aunts, uncles, and grandparents into the treatment process. Each family system has its own structure and patterns of communication, which may be defined by parenting style, personalities, and other influences. Family therapy can be in-home upon request.
Trauma Informed Treatment
Trauma informed treatment is an approach to engage people with histories of trauma, recognize the presence of trauma symptoms, and acknowledge the role that trauma has played in their lives. It is grounded in a thorough understanding of the neurological, biological, psychological, and social effects of trauma — its impact, interpersonal dynamic, and paths to recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues, and self-esteem.
Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous help when managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, child/adolescent development, and eating disturbances.
Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
Insurance, Rates, and Policies
I will work with any company or individual's employer that provides out-of-network benefits. I do not directly submit to insurance companies on your behalf for in-network care.
Please email me for rates. 1-hour sessions after are typical with fees adjusted for longer sessions of 1 and 1/2 hours or intensive work of 3-hour blocks.
Cancellations/No Show Policy:
Please provide 24-hour notice of cancellations. Cancellations made within less than 24 hours and all missed appointments will be charged the full amount of the appointment. If you are running late, please call.
Cash, Check or Credit/Debit (Mastercard, American Express, Visa, and Discover) cards are accepted for out-of-pocket services.
Payment for out-of-pocket services is due at time of appointment.
If you would like me to coordinate care with another provider (for example, your psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.), complete this form to authorize the release of your psychotherapy information. Completed forms may be mailed or dropped off.
New Client Intake:
All new clients must complete an Intake Form and Consent to Treat form. Completed forms may be mailed or dropped off.
Contact and Hours
Sarah Kate Venison, LMFT
25 Sylvan Road, South
Westport, CT 06880
Phone: 475 231 3434
Mon - Fri: Day & Evening Hours
Weekends: Upon availability
Intensive Sessions Upon Request