Mental Health Counselor / Therapist in Bakersfield, CA

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Sarah Appleton, MFT, PsyD

Sarah Appleton, MFT, PsyD | Mental Health Counselor / Therapist photo
Counseling for your Best Life!
If you are frustrated by family conflict or you are not satisfied with the status of your current relationships, you don't have to suffer any longer! Individual, family or couples counseling can be a safe and encouraging place to talk about your frustrations and find solutions that allow you get back to the life you desire.

I specialize in working with children, teens & families who are struggling with a variety of stressful situations including...


Simple therapy readiness quiz…

Do you desire more closeness with your partner or family members?

Would you like to learn new ways of coping with daily stresses?

Would you like a comfortable place to explore how you can live your best life?

Are you ready to talk about a topic that has bothered you for years and have never spoken about?

Do you feel drained and exhausted at the end of the day more than four times a week?

Are you often frustrated and embarrassed by your child’s behavior?

Do you dread the alarm in the morning, anticipating the daily argument with your teen or child?

Are you worried that your relationship is deteriorating and want to rescue it before it’s too late?

Do you wonder how to help your children through a divorce or difficult life transition?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be ready for therapy to change your life or the life of someone you love.

Don’t wait! Call me today for an appointment so that we can begin to identify strategies that can help you achieve your goals!
Practice Areas/Issues Treated
 Therapy  Life Transitions
 Adolescents  Loneliness
 Anger Management  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage Counseling
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Body Image Issues  Online / Teletherapy
 Caregiver Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Children's Counseling  Relationship Issues
 Chronic Illness  Self-Esteem Issues
 Couples  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Depression  Stress Management
 Divorce  Trauma and PTSD
 Eating Disorders  Work and Career Issues
 Grief and Loss
 Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and Masters of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from California State University Bakersfield and my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Alliant University, Fresno.
I can’t wait to help you get back to the happy and healthy family relationships that you want. If you are struggling with a relationship with your children or spouse and find yourself constantly frustrated, depressied, or anxious now is the time to re-connect and I am confident I can help you do just that!

Every therapy session is individually planned based on your goals, but overall you can expect that we will spend time getting to know you and your child, the problems that you are experiencing and what your goals for treatment are. I will then involve you and your child in activities and interventions that are individualized to meet your goals. My treatment style usually involves play-based activities such as crafts, games and interaction. My hope is that in each and every session you will enjoy your child and leave with more love and understanding of one another. Between sessions, I might ask you to do certain activities at home as well.

I am a Bakersfield native through and through from my birth at Memorial Hospital through graduation from Cal State Bakersfield!
I am the fifth of 6 kids and now have a family of my own. I have been married 9 years and have one daughter.

My passion in counseling is with children, couples and families. I love to watch families reconnect where there was once pain, frustration and anger. I believe that relationships are a vital part of who we are and enrich our lives in so many ways! Therapy can be such a great way to strengthen great relationships and tend to those that are causing pain.
California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
Payments Accepted
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License:MFC 48208 California