PHOTO BY KATE GLICKSBERG

PHOTO BY KATE GLICKSBERG

SARAH GORDIS, INTERN

Sarah Gordis is in her final year of graduate school at Columbia University School of Social Work where she is receiving training through the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training program and lab under Dr. Andre Ivanoff. Sarah enjoys practicing DBT because of its commitment to a dialectical worldview, mindfulness, and the use of the therapist’s genuine self to assist individuals in cultivating a life worth living. 

Previously, Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree at Emory University with a joint major in Psychology and Linguistics and a minor in Ethics. She worked at the African Refugee Development Center in Tel Aviv, Israel as a program manager and special projects coordinator, assisting asylum seekers from East Africa with family reunification, higher education, and linkage to psychosocial and medical services. Sarah was trained in Psychological First Aid, which is designed to support individuals in the immediate aftermath of a serious crisis event, to assist in her work with asylees who were victims of torture or human trafficking while en route to Israel. 

Additionally, Sarah worked as a crisis hotline volunteer where she provided counseling to individuals dealing with challenges such as suicidal ideation, eating disorders, abuse, substance use, bereavement, and sexual assault. She was also trained in Motivational Interviewing, which she used to assist callers with the process of clarifying personal goals. In her first year at Columbia, she interned at the Manhattan Alternate Learning Center where she provided individual and group counseling to adolescents who had been suspended from school. 

When not working, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and friends, singing a cappella, running, reading, traveling, and oil painting.