|Dr. Sara Sutton|
Sara Sutton grew up in Los Angeles, California, where she enjoyed the diverse population, food, and cultures. She earned her bachelor’s degree in linguistics from University of California at Los Angeles, following which she pursued a master’s degree in clinical and community psychology from California State University, Fullerton.
Sara had several meaningful experiences with children in need during her years at UCLA and CSUF: she enjoyed working with autistic adolescents, developmentally delayed and behaviorally disordered school-age children, and intellectually gifted learners.
Sara pursued her doctorate through the University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York, where she did much of her work in primary prevention for school-age children at risk for behavioral and emotional difficulties. Also interested in children of divorce, Sara initiated a school-based support program for adolescents whose parents were separated or divorced. During her internship year in Topeka, Kansas, Sara received extensive training in working with adolescents and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Following her graduation from Rochester, Sara moved to Newport News, Virginia. After completing her residency at the Peninsula Child Development Clinic, she established and ran an independent private practice for 12 years. While in Newport News, Sara also served her community by sitting on the guidance and talented and gifted advisory boards of the Newport News Public Schools and acting as a consultant to the People with Attentional and Developmental Disabilities Association. She and her husband also created and ran a developmental field hockey program for school age girls.
Sara joined Clinical Psychologists, P.C. in July 2009. She currently divides her time between completing psychological and psychoeducational assessments for individuals of all ages and providing psychotherapy to individual adolescents and adults, couples, and families with a variety of problems and diagnoses. She has found her work to be extremely gratifying and has been deeply impressed by her patients’ strength and resilience in the face of adversity. Sara is mindful of individual and cultural differences and believes that mutual trust and respect and a sense of humor are essential ingredients of a healing relationship.
At a personal level, Sara and her husband are raising their two teenage daughters. They enjoy traveling throughout the United States and internationally. Sara spends her free time reading, running, and enjoying the charm of life in a small college town.