Eating Disorder Therapist Fort Lauderdale Sarah DeSantis, LCSW
License: SW17665
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Sarah DeSantis, LCSW

Specialties at a glance: Eating disorders, Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD & Trauma.

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Hi! I am Sarah DeSantis, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida. I specialize in working with teens and adults struggling with eating disorders, anxiety, depression, difficulties with emotion regulation, and PTSD. I am passionate about working in collaboration with my clients to improve their mental health and build awareness of their resilience and strength.

Are you ready to make a change in your life but struggling to reach out for help? If so, you are not alone. Change can be difficult and seeking therapy is often a scary endeavor. I want to let you know that I understand and I am here to help you through that.
I utilize a comprehensive, flexible, and non-judgmental approach to therapy, that is unique to each individual. Together, we will identify your areas of struggle and set goals for treatment. I believe a strong relationship between therapist and client, along with evidence-based skills/strategies, are integral parts of the healing journey. During every session, I work to build a connection with clients through authenticity and honesty. I am able to gently challenge clients while also remaining compassionate and understanding. A few of the evidence base practices that I use frequently include CBT, CPT, DBT, Motivational interviewing, ACT, and MBSR. I also believe in the power of creating an environment that embraces laughter and vulnerability.


I graduated from Long Island University with a degree in social work and went on to complete my Master’s in Clinical Social Work at Fordham University. I have clinical experience in individual, family, and couple’s therapy and have worked with a variety of different populations including those struggling with eating disorders, substance use, PTSD, chronic illnesses, grief, family struggles, OCD, and mood/personality disorders. I have participated in multiple clinical trainings on topics such as DBT, social justice & equality, ACT, OCD, CPT, and issues pertinent to the LGBTQ+ community.
I specialize in working with clients who struggle with eating disorders. I am knowledgeable in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, ARFID, Binge Eating Disorder, and Diabulimia (an eating disorder specific to those who have type one diabetes). I believe in a Health at Every Size approach along with the Intuitive Eating model. I have worked at one of the nation’s leading eating disorder treatment centers, Oliver-Pyatt Centers (a Monte Nido Affiliate),providing support to clients at various levels of care. I began working there as an admission and intake specialist, providing preliminary diagnoses for clients and assessing for the appropriate level of care. I then worked as a primary therapist for over two years and transitioned into the role of an adolescent program manager where I facilitated adolescent-specific therapy groups and provided families with psychoeducation along with weekly parent coaching calls. I was also given the opportunity to lead the co-occurring program which helps clients struggling with a dual diagnosis of substance use. Most recently, I held a leadership position as an Assistant Clinical Director for the day treatment program.
I am passionate about working with the adolescent population and discussing topics such as bullying, body image, impact of divorce, difficulties with adjustment, and the use of social media. I also have a special interest working with individuals who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness or those who are caregivers.
Outside of being passionate about therapy, I am also an avid reader (mystery novels are my favorite) and animal lover. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, I am here to help!

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