Sara Hammond, LMSW, RYT
Sara Hammond, LMSW, RYT
Arlene Montgomery, LCSW-S
Hi there! My name is Sara, and I’m a therapist at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy. Let me tell you a little about myself to start the process of figuring out whether we might be a good fit for therapy.
Acknowledging that you want more and looking around for ways to make that happen is a big deal. Therapy is a great way to increase support, get unstuck, and figure out how to go further than you might be able to go alone.
I believe that we are all complete and whole, and that our task in therapy is to work through the obstacles that keep us from knowing this about ourselves. People make sense. Whatever you’re struggling with now probably kept you safe at some point in the past. Honoring how we have gotten to present day allows us to have more choice about how we move forward. With more choice comes more space; with more space, more movement; with more movement, more breath; with more breath, more vitality, until we’re filled with life and the truth of who we are, ready to move forward in the direction we’ve chosen.
But how do we get there? My approach to therapy is one of skillful exploration. I don’t have the answers; we do. In therapy we partner together to seek them out. I work through an integrative lens. As a dedicated practitioner of yoga, martial arts, and meditation, I believe that the incorporation of body, mind, and heart into any therapeutic work is vital. Our thoughts and intellect are powerful but without involving emotions and our bodies, our work would be incomplete. In practice, this can involve yoga, mindfulness, or meditation in session or the addition of outside practices to support talk therapy.
This integrative approach is helpful for a number of life challenges, particularly trauma and anxiety. Events in our history that impact us with particular persistence or intensity can be described as traumatic. This kind of event causes our nervous system to respond differently than in normal day-to-day life. Because of this, trauma is best addressed through methods that allow the nervous system—which connects our emotions, thoughts, and body—to re-regulate and remember a sense of safety. The same is true for a nervous system that naturally runs more tense (or anxious) than others. Focusing on nervous system health and regulation (through cognitions, feelings, and physical sensations) offers a deeply effective calm that can persist throughout stressor fluctuations.
Because the therapeutic relationship itself can be so healing, it’s hugely important to find the right fit in a therapist. I am down-to-earth and caring, curious and honest. I assume that you are the only expert on you, and I hope that my tools and training can help us get more clarity and capacity based on your truth. My wish is that we can each show up to our relationship fully and trust that we can walk together through whatever comes up.
I hold as a vital underpinning of therapy a clear acknowledgement that oppression and discrimination based on identity differences are real and impactful. I feel strongly that acknowledging wrongs that are beyond individuals’ control is crucial. Careful inquiry to discern systemic from individual challenges and responsibilities is key. Holding some dominant identities myself, I am careful with the ways privilege and power impact the therapeutic relationship and I commit to addressing them when and where they arise.
- Trauma and PTSD
- Attachment and Relationship Issues
Trainings and Certifications:
- Trauma-Conscious Yoga Method
- Applied Polyvagal Theory in Therapeutic Yoga
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
After living in Montgomery, Miami, and Chicago, I moved to Austin in 2007. I practiced law before becoming a therapist, I have a passion for joyful physicality, and I adore animals. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my partner, my dogs, my friends, and good food. I am a yogi and a martial artist. I expect my own personal growth path to continue indefinitely, and I hope to never stop expanding my capacity for closeness with myself, others, and Truth.