About Sarah

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Sarah Friedlander MA, PhD
(ABD) & YTT-200

“Let’s shine the light of consciousness on places where we can hope to find what we are seeking.”
― Marshall B. Rosenberg, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life

About Sarah

Warm, earnest, authentic, responsible.

Sarah has what she calls a "teacher's soul" - lighting up and feeling alive to share passions and inspirations with others.

Originally from Buffalo, NY, she now lives in the outskirts of Jerusalem, Israel with her family (including 3 kids) and cat.

She teaches daily yoga classes in her private yoga studio in Efrat, Gush Etzion, and also travels to teach workshops on topics such as yoga, mindfulness, compassion & self-love, emotional health and communication skills.

Academics & Background
Sarah has an extensive background working with populations that experienced sexual and/or physical abuse and other traumas.

During her MA and PhD graduate studies at Rutgers University, Sarah worked with compassion- and empowerment-based therapeutic interventions with domestic violence (IPV) and sexual assault survivors at Rutgers campus and for Middlesex County, NJ.

She also worked for the Center Against Violence for Women & Children, performing evaluative community research to shape and inform the county's domestic violence community outreach in order to improve access to resources for people experiencing violence in the home.

During her PhD studies, she researched stress and the bio-psycho-social effects in decision-making in healthcare settings.

Sarah is also a published academic author on her research of the psychology and efficacy of bystander behavior in sexual assault prevention programs for the Center for Violence Against Women and Children - NJ.

Therapeutic Modalities
Sarah lives and works strongly nourished by therapeutic modalities such as Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg and the teachings of Jerusalem therapist/teacher Danny Cohen, compassion-based therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Gabor Maté, and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

She is currently taking advanced training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), completing Gabor Maté's Compassionate Inquiry therapist course, working on a Certificate of Compassion via NYCNVC, and becoming certified in Focusing Therapy.
Other frameworks that nourish Sarah's work: Inner Child Work, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), trauma-sensitive yoga, and Polyvagal Theory.

Sarah's Favorites
In her free time, Sarah can be found going to yoga classes, nature bathing and hiking, meditating, reading, or watching Netflix cuddled up with her cat.

Sarah loves authentic connection and learning and seeing what is alive in others.

Even more - she loves helping people learn and see what is alive in themselves.

-Bachelor of Arts
Buffalo, NY - SUNY-Buffalo, State University of New York

-Master of Arts
New Brunswick, NJ - Rutgers University

-Ph.D. (ABD)
Social Work
New Brunswick, NJ - Rutgers University

Trainings and Certifications

-YTT 200 with Ester Elfassi - Bat Ayin, Israel

-Women’s Hormonal Health Course for Yoga Teachers

-Pre- and Post-natal Program Certification

-NLP Training (Wholeness & Core Transformation)

-Nonviolent Communication (Level I, II, & intermediate)

-Mindfulness-based CT certified (MBCT)
(based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy [CBT])

-Compassionate Inquiry Therapeutic Approach (Gabor Mate)

-Focusing Therapy (in progress - anticipated completion Fall 2022)

-Certificate of Compassion (in progress - anticipated completion Spring 2023)

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