Dr. Sara Dittoe Barrett
Dr. Sara Dittoe Barrett

From the blog…

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (often pronounced ACT in the psychology world) is a cognitive-behavioral treatment based on scientific research about how the human mind works. The name of this therapy comes from a primary theme: learning how to accept those experiences that are out of your control and committing to changing what you can to make your life better. As the name suggests, this is a very active treatment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

CBT for Insomnia has been shown to be a very effective treatment for insomnia and consists of several different components. Treatment starts with an initial assessment to identify possible factors contributing to insomnia which often includes a sleep diary. After a full assessment, we will make a treatment plan together to help you attain your goals, which may include longer sleep, more restorative sleep, waking up less frequently, and feeling more rested during the day.

Cutting edge treatment for OCD: Exposure and Response Prevention with a healthy dose of mindfulness and compassion

You may have heard about cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a type of therapy that focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behavior. CBT helps people change problematic behavior and cope better with difficult thoughts and emotions. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a type of CBT that has been shown to be the most effective treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, along with medication. Research indicates that about 7 out of 10 people with OCD will benefit from ERP and/or a class of medications called serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SRIs).

Are You Self-Critical? Compassion-Focused Therapy Can Help

Many people have an internal voice that is harsh, rude, demanding and demeaning. Sometimes that voice has been around for years. Sometimes it’s been there since adolescence or even early childhood. Often people will acknowledge that they would never dream of speaking to a close friend (or even someone they dislike) the way they speak to themselves.

About Dr. Barrett

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and mindfulness practitioner. I received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Dayton in 2003. I completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialized training in Health Psychology and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 2008.

My year-long pre-doctoral internship was at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and included intensive rotations in health psychology and chronic pain, trauma and substance abuse, and the Women’s PTSD program. It was while working with trauma survivors and individuals struggling with substance abuse that I became interested in the therapeutic benefits of mindfulness meditation.

I then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in chronic pain at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Center for Pain Management, where I was fortunate to receive extensive training in mindfulness and pain management.

I am a member of several scientific and professional organizations including the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, the International OCD Foundation, and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.