Dr. Sarah Allen

  • Specialist in Women's Mental Health
  • Dr. Sarah Allen Counseling Services
  • Northbrook, IL   
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Contact me for: Counseling and short-term psychotherapy for women, couples and families to develop solutions rather than dwelling on problems.

I received my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Southampton University, England, and I have clinical experience in both hospital and outpatient settings in the UK and USA since 1993. I have presented at both national and international conferences and have published research on postpartum mood disorders. Since moving to the USA sixteen years ago I have been in private practice in Northbrook working with adults, couples and children, helping them develop the confidence and skills to bring about positive changes for themselves.

Using cognitive therapy, which is short-term "here and now" therapy, I help to empower my clients with the tools necessary to deal with emotional and relationship problems both in the present and future.

I am particularly interested in mood disorders, stress management and the mind/body connection for promoting wellness. I also specialize in weight and eating issues, child and family therapy and women's issues across the lifespan.

In addition to my private practice work with clients, I am the Founder/Director of the PPD IL Alliance and the IL coordinator for Postpartum Support International. Volunteering for these local and national non-profit organizations, which bring support to women with pregnancy/postpartum mood disorders and their families, has been a way for me to bring my passion for this work to a wider community.

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Pregnancy

Prevention and treatment for pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders

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Anxiety and Stress

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Hidden stressors to be aware of to help you reduce anxiety and stress
Holistically uplift your mental state, reduce stress, and enjoy life
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Holistically reduce anxiety by instilling a healthy lifestyle
Hypnosis is a great way to help you overcome your fears
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What you need to know about understanding and overcoming anxiety
Defeat anxiety by healing past memories and empowering yourself
Overcome your fear of flying when nothing else seems to help
Naturally manage stress and anxiety during the holiday season
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Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) helps treat PTSD
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Meditative techniques throughout your workday can reduce stress
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Marriage and Couples

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Get the love you want in your relationship with help from a therapist
Maintaining sexual and emotional intimacy is vital for parents
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Parents can rekindle their intimacy to create a strong marriage
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Fostering strong connections is essential to family well-being
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How to create the perfect marriage and avoid divorce
Plan the perfect Valentine's Day for your wife or girlfriend
Tips to ensure parenting does not interfere with your marriage
How to put the sizzle in your sex life regardless of your age
Improve your marriage and relationship through better communication
An unplugged weekend getaway will do wonders for a relationship
How can married couples thrive when one partner has adult ADHD?

Pregnancy

Nutritional advice for you and your baby while pregnant
Hypnosis can remove stress and hormonal cravings when pregnant
Successfully treat postpartum depression after having a baby
Your wife needs your support to help her beat postpartum disorder
Prevention and treatment for pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders
Cope with the loss of a baby after having a miscarriage
Help surviving a summer pregnancy and staying cool in the heat
Have a healthy baby and pregnancy with this expert advice
Holistically treat post-pregnancy nutritional deficiencies
Control the risk factors of autism and ADHD prior to pregnancy
Collect and store cord blood to protect your newborn's future health
Treat common pregnancy ailments at the first sign of discomfort
Reduce and treat pregnancy swelling in your feet and ankles
An online baby registry is a great way to get the gifts you want
Avoid developing gestational diabetes to ensure a healthy pregnancy
How you should prepare for pregnancy when you have diabetes
Exercising while you are pregnant is healthy for you and your baby
Varicose veins can be prevented during and after pregnancy
How to recover after experiencing a traumatic birth
Reduce the worry, anxiety, and stress experienced during pregnancy
Adjusting to life after having a baby and coping with postpartum
Exercising while pregnant is safe and eases recovery after delivery
It is important to protect your back and spine during pregnancy

Fertility

Expert advice when your having a hard time getting pregnant
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A healthy and balanced diet can have a great impact on fertility
Having a baby: What you should know when trying to conceive
Couples can make conception more successful and less stressful
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Depression

A mental illness doesn’t have to keep you from staying healthy
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Don't despair: Restore hope for those suffering from depression
Overcome depression by healing bad memories and thinking positively
Yoga is a great way to help with depression and anxiety
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Help your teen cope with depression for the best chance of recovery
How to make a full recovery from depression and feeling hopeless
How to avoid getting depressed after a big performance or event
Get the most out of therapy when seeking treatment for depression
How to love, support, and help someone who suffers from depression
Men: You don't have to suffer from depression in silence
How you can fight depression through technology and mobile apps
Create a safe, open family environment to talk about mental health

Insomnia

Can't sleep? It's called insomnia
Insomnia doesn't have to keep you up all night
Hypnotherapy is a wonderful way to treat insomnia and help you sleep
Nighty night: Get a good night’s sleep with this expert advice
Get help to overcome your sleep disorder and finally get some rest
Snoring or sleep apnea? Know the differences and treatment options
Avoid the cycle of chronic insomnia, poor sleep and exhaustion
Good sleep habits improve mood, energy, and mental health
Sleep apnea: Get the treatment you need for a healthy night's rest
Relax and get the sleep you need with these insomnia busters
Recognize symptoms of sleep apnea and get a good night's sleep

Urgent Mental Issues

Help your friend who is having major depression and suicidal thoughts
Help your loved one who is having a PTSD episode
Help calming yourself down when having a panic attack or anxiety
Help your loved one heal after a suicide attempt by drug overdose
Learn to heal and take back your life after a attempting suicide
What to do if your loved one is having a severe panic attack
What to do if you walk in on someone trying to commit suicide
Managing migraine triggers and help getting treatment
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Improving Family Communication

Strong parent-child relationships start with boundaries
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Nurturing your family relations by encouraging strong communication
Accepting differences to create effective family communication
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Your child's challenging behavior is their way of communicating
Strengthening communication brings family members closer together
Recognize the best ways to discuss serious family issues with kids
Support your child athlete to create great experiences and memories
Fostering a positive communicative environment for all children
Talking to your children about coping with the loss of friendships
Advice for parents who want to talk so their children will listen
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