Sarah Manning, LAMFT


Areas of Specialty

  • Women’s issues
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sex addiction recovery
  • EMDR
  • PTSD recovery
  • Trauma
  • DBT
  • Suicide awareness prevention
  • EFT
  • Self harm

Sarah Manning is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist who specializes in working with adolescents, young adults, individuals, families, and couples. As a marriage and family therapist Sarah believes it is important to involve and consider the whole family system when treating an individual.

Sarah has been trained intensively in dialectical behavioral therapy and uses this framework to help the clients she works with gain skills to be able to increase distress tolerance (tolerate stress in a healthy way) and to increase emotional regulation (learn how to identify and respond to emotions in a productive way). 

Before moving to Arizona in May 2020 Sarah trained under Dr. Mark Bird, an expert in the field of sex addiction, and learned how to assess for and treat sex/love addiction. Sarah learned how to not only treat those struggling with addiction but their partners as well. When viewing and working with those struggling with addiction Sarah looks at it through the lens of a connective disorder. Those who are struggling lack adequate and meaningful connections which leads to addictive behaviors. 

Sarah believes most if not all of the clients she sees have a history of trauma. Sarah helps clients to understand what trauma is and in what ways trauma is affecting their lives. Sarah uses EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), the most empirically supported modality to treat trauma, as well as helping clients to identify their trauma cycle and ways to cope differently when they are triggered.

Lastly, Sarah is becoming trained in Emotionally Focused Couples therapy. Another empirically supported method that helps couples to identify negative cycles couples find themselves in. These negative cycles are what create disconnection in relationships and keeps couples from being able to communicate with each other and feel heard and understood. 

Contact Sarah at (480) 668-8301 ext. 1019 or smanning@familystrategies.org.