Sarah Sellergren Dunn practices general adult psychotherapy and behavioral medicine. Her Master’s degree in Psychology is from the University of Chicago, where she is currently a PhD candidate. Sarah practices general supportive psychotherapy and has specialized training in cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders; behavioral medicine in primary care; and helping people cope with physical illness and changes in health status. Sarah’s Clinical Psychology Internship (Primary Care Psychology) and Fellowship (Psychosocial Oncology) were at the University of Colorado.
Behavioral Medicine in Primary Care
Behavioral Medicine in Primary Care is the provision of mental health services that includes the prevention of disease and the promotion of healthy beliefs and behaviors in individuals, families, and communities. The practitioner provides both direct patient mental health care and acts as a resource to and collaborator with the primary care medical team. Sarah works with clients in a range of areas to help them live healthier and more satisfying lives. Examples include working with individuals with anxiety, depression, panic disorder, grief, sleep disorders, chronic pain and cancer; example techniques include relaxation training and self-hypnosis, cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and supportive psychotherapy. Sarah also has experience facilitating support groups for caregivers, medical staff and survivors of suicide, and in training medical students, Residents and staff on common mental health issues encountered in medical settings.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) works by identifying, challenging, and modifying the thoughts and beliefs that underlie one’s problems, and by emphasizing the important role that changing maladaptive behavior and beliefs plays in improving one’s lived experience.
Exposure and Response-Prevention Therapy
One specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is called exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy. This type of therapy is specifically designed to break the compulsions that people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and specific phobias experience. It is used to lessen fears and anxieties and is often as effective for treating OCD as medications, sometimes more so, by helping the client develop skills and new ways of thinking that last much longer than the effects of medication.
Sarah has offices in Driggs and at St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson. Her practice partner in Jackson is prescribing clinical psychologist Michael Enright, PhD, with whom she consults regarding medication needs of her clients. Sarah will do home visits if needed for effective treatment.
Office hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
60 E. Little Ave. Suite 2
(above Big Hole Music)
Driggs, ID 83422
Medical Arts Building, 1st Floor
St. John’s Medical Center
Jackson, WY 83001