EDUCATION AND TRAINING
- 2018-2019: Counselor Intern at Anxiety Stress Management Institute
- 2019: Received MS in Mental Health Counseling from Georgia State University
- 2019: Received specialty training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD by expert Dr. Becky Beaton
- 2020: Received specialty training in CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I) by expert Dr. Anne Bartolucci
- 2021: Joined Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta as an Intern
Sarah Gazaway is a practicum student in the counseling psychology doctoral program at Georgia State University. She works with adolescents and adults, utilizing Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT/CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) to treat anxiety spectrum disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. Often, clients experience anxiety alongside other difficult circumstances. Sarah’s additional focuses include perfectionism, shame, perinatal/postpartum struggles, childhood trauma, and dissociation.
Sarah’s research interests primarily focus on assessing the effectiveness of psychotherapy, and with whom psychotherapy is most effective. Currently, she is designing a dissertation study to compare positive psychology treatments such as self-forgiveness and gratitude for individuals struggling with maladaptive perfectionism. Prior to attending the GSU doctoral program, Sarah completed a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Georgia State University, where she received training at an anxiety-focused internship in the Atlanta area and received multi-day trainings on Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD and clinical hypnotherapy through The Knowledge Tree.
Sarah acknowledges that although evidence-based practices are vital for effective therapy, forming a collaborative, trusting relationship between the therapist and client is key. She utilizes a strengths-based, holistic approach in the recognition that our thoughts, emotions, bodies, spirits, cultures, and communities all impact wellness. She believes that with compassionate care, radical openness, and evidence-based therapeutic modalities that clients will find growth and healing. Ms. Gazaway is being supervised by Dr. Chris Noble and Dr. Jessica Nasser.