Sara Cloostermans

Private Practice in Point Loma

Every mother still needs to be mothered herself

LMFT, LPCCwww.cloostermansmft.com
Contact Person:
Sara Cloostermans 619-847-5333
Address:
7742 Herschel Avenue, Suite L
CA 92037
Methods of Payment Accepted:
Venmo, cash, check, credit card or HSA
Insurance:
Private Pay and PPO Insurance
Languages Spoken:
Dutch, German & French
Specialty/Interest:
1. Perinatal health Issues, incl. depression, anxiety, postpartum OCD, and birth trauma 2. Reproductive health issues, incl. infertility and premature menopause 3. Adoption 4. Parenting
Bio:
Feelings can be so dark and scary that, sometimes, the immediate response is to either fight against them or run away from them. Neither approach is effective; to the contrary, uncomfortable feelings become more intense and less manageable when invalidated or ignored. The experience of overwhelming feelings is similar to the one being caught in a riptide; all you want to do is swim straight back to shore – don’t! The strong current wears swimmers out and causes them to drown. The way back to safety, even though counterintuitive, is to remain calm in the midst of the current, float, and let it take you even farther away from shore into deeper waters. I know it takes blind faith, courage, and vulnerability to put more distance, not less, between yourself and the security of a safe haven. But, eventually the current will break up enough to allow you to swim back to shore where you belong. The process of integrating intense feelings resembles the one of surviving rip currents. You need to slow down, pay attention to what is happening, come to acceptance and understanding, and finally, use effective strategies that will help you to return to a state of emotional and mental well-being. Together, in the comfort of my therapeutic space, whether in-person or virtually, we can practice conscious breathing to calm down the body’s nervous system. We can then lean into the painful feelings and let emotional gravity pull us where it needs to go. We can find stillness in that space, spend some time there and, when the tide is right, process the underlying issues as well as create a meaningful story – one that allows you to be at peace with yourself and the world. You don’t have to go through this journey alone. I’m here and, with a mindfulness approach, I may be able to help you to: turn fear into love – tolerate uncertainties – take risks – reach your full potential ~ focus more on “being” & less on “doing” – slow down – be mindful – find balance – be vulnerable & connect ~ recognize when to hold on or let go – identify what you can & cannot control ~ keep room for love, light & laughter! ~ “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Quote by Anais Nin