Sara Lederer, PsyD

Director of Clinical Training
MA in Psychology


Clinical 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 Lederer entered the field of psychology to work in hospice and oncology, with the intention of having a career that integrated spirituality. She wrote her dissertation on the challenges of being a therapist, burnout and self-care techniques. After graduating with a Psy.D. from California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Cedars Sinai Thailans and joined a CBT private practice in West LA.  When a colleague recommended her for an adjunct teaching position for a doctoral level course at a nearby university, she discovered that teaching and academics were her passion. She quickly began teaching more courses (masters and doctoral) and became an administrator of the department. In spring of 2012 she joined Antioch as an Affiliate Faculty member for the trauma specialization. A year later she moved into the position of Director of Clinical Training.

While she thoroughly enjoys being in private practice as a licensed psychologist specializing in anxiety disorders using CBT, she loves teaching and the overall academic environment. She hopes for her courses to be an opportunity for self-reflection and personal growth. In addition, her courses often involved aspects of self-care, to help clinical trainees buffer and mitigate the challenges that may 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
The Clinical Teacher

  • 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.