Sarah Nadeau, LMFT

Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

Sarah Nadeau CBT San Jose Therapist Palo Alto Therapy Anxiety OCD

  • Anxiety & Trauma
  • Depression, Self-harm & Stress
  • OCD
  • Eating Disorders & Body Image
  • School Refusal
  • Tourette Syndrome/Tics


  • Children 6+, Teens, Adults


  • Trauma-Focused CBT
  • OCD Foundation (BTTI)
  • Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (TS-BTI)

Experience 7+ Years

Sarah is a warm, engaging, compassionate therapist who works with children, teens, and adults to develop strategies and skills to overcome a variety of difficulties. She uses a strength-based approach to support individuals in developing solutions that fit their needs and their lifestyles. She is deeply invested in the use of therapy techniques that have been shown by research to be effective, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), to help individuals achieve lasting outcomes.

Sarah is experienced in working with children and adults struggling with anxiety, panic, OCD, trauma, depression, self-harm, body image problems, eating disturbances, and stress. She has worked primarily in community mental health settings providing therapy to children, teens, and families.

Sarah received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, with honors, in Clinical Psychology from San Jose State University. In her spare time, she enjoys trail running and traveling.

What is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)?

Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy with a family systems influence, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders that affect individuals, couples, and families. The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. The State of California support and regulate the profession by licensing MFTs.

Educational requirements

Marriage and Family Therapists have graduate training (either a masters or doctoral degree) in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Prior to a rigorous exam process leading to licensure, LMFTs must complete at least 3,000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional. LMFTs are employed in a variety of private and public settings including private practice, community mental health centers, and behavioral managed care organizations.

Do LMFTs only work with clients who are having problems in their marriages and families?

No. While LMFTs are qualified to do couples and family therapy, most LMFTs work with individual adults to not only enhance the quality of their relationships, but also decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.

How can a LMFT help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists, LMFTs help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LMFTs use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.