Sara Lederer, PsyD

Director of Clinical Training
MA in Psychology


Core Faculty
MA in Psychology


(310) 578-1080 ext. 307

PsyD, MA in Clinical Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
BA in Psychology, University of California at Santa Cruz

Sara has a doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in spirituality. She entered the field of psychology to work in hospice and cancer settings, with the intention of having a career that integrated spirituality. When a colleague recommended her for an adjunct teaching position for a doctoral level at a nearby university, she discovered that teaching and academics were her passion. She quickly began teaching more courses, as well as engaging in academic administrative positions. While she thoroughly enjoys being a clinician in private practice, specializing in anxiety disorders using CBT, she loves teaching and the overall academic environment and helping students grow. She hopes for her courses to be an opportunity for self-reflection and personal growth. In addition, she brings many aspects of self-care and self-nurturance into her courses, to help clinical trainees buffer the many challenges that can accompany clinical training.

Most Valued Professor, 2010, Argosy University

  • Self-care for Clinical Therapists
  • Occupational Burnout
  • Well being in Medical Residents
  • Burnout and Self-Care Amongst Psychology Graduate Students

The Journal Of Graduate Medical Education

  • Clinical Practicum (PSY 621)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy (PSY 533)
  • Assessment of Psychopathology (PSY 541F)
  • Nurturing the Nurturer: Self-care Techniques to Prevent Burnout for Clinical Therapists (PSY 524A)
  • Clinical Readiness (PSY 500AA)

To become a responsible therapist, it is ideal that students do their “work” internally, before navigating the “work” of others.  I make my classes an opportunity for self-reflection and personal growth, coupled with psychological theory. Further, it is important that students learn self-care techniques to buffer or mitigate the various challenges that can arise in a graduate psychology program, as well as clinical training.