Sarah Schoomer, Psy.D.
The Wright Institute
Doctor of Psychology
"Everything is held together with stories. That is all that is holding us together, stories and compassion.” -- Barry Lopez
My love of stories and human psychology goes back as long as I can remember. Even as a child, I was curious about people, their emotions, their choices and their lives. In high school in St. Louis, MO, I was a peer counselor for a teen center. As an undergraduate student at Oberlin College in Ohio I spent time as a sexual assault hotline and domestic violence shelter volunteer. After moving to California, I was a rape crisis advocate and group home counselor and eventually turned my passion for speaking with people into a career with my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley.
Clinically I feel most drawn to the Narrative Therapy schools of thought, as they align most closely with Social Justice practices and the belief that non-judgmental, open conversation can help us understand ourselves and our families in new, and healing ways. I also borrow skills from evidence based practices and hope to always be learning new techniques and applications. In my training I have worked with individuals and families from across the Bay Area, with special emphasis on parents and children from newborn to adolescents. I am a trained Positive Parenting Program (PPP) and S.E.L.F. (Sanctuary Model) group leader.
When I'm not working, I can usually be found reading a book, taking long walks in or creating something tempting in the kitchen. I love talking to people about food, dragons, Muppets, love, magic, pop culture, music and anything that brings joy.