Phoenix Rising Psychology LLC is Dr. Sarah Voruz, Licensed Psychologist (OR #2610). Working from a contemporary Gestalt therapy orientation, I help my clients increase self-awareness to give them more choices in their lives and address both short- and long-term issues.
In my private practice, I enjoy seeing clients with a wide range of backgrounds and therapeutic needs and interests. I believe that the mind and body are closely connected and problems in one often creates or exacerbates problems in the other. I particularly enjoy working with people on finding their identity, breaking out of painful beliefs about the self and others, navigating transitions, enriching relationships, and developing life-affirming death awareness.
Creating a safe and trusting relationship with my clients is of the utmost importance so that my clients can explore themselves and confront the obstacles to making changes in their lives. I aim to facilitate a lively therapeutic process by focusing on the present moment, offering creative experiments to try out new ways of being, and connecting the dots to provide a bigger picture understanding of how our past influences the present.
I find that emotions are an important part of the puzzle, being the vehicle through which we process previous experiences and identify current needs. As a therapist, I see myself as a guide to assist my clients in removing the barriers to knowing themselves deeply, living authentically, and connecting with the world at large. We all have the inner wisdom needed to heal and thrive and I’d love to help you rediscover it.
I strive to help people integrate and make meaning of significant experiences, whether it’s trauma, existential awakenings, or psychedelic journeys. Regarding psychedelics, I offer harm reduction-oriented exploration around safety and expectations, as well as processing psychedelic experiences afterwards to improve outcome. I do not offer sitting, guiding, or psychedelic-assisted therapy given the current legal status of psychedelics (see the Psilocybin Therapy tab for more information). If you’re interested in supporting the important research being done in this area, go to MAPS.org.
I encourage the use of meditation and mindfulness practices to further our work and support new habits of mind and being. This is not a requirement to work with me, but it is a highly effective way to cultivate traits that better align with the kind of life you want to have. I can support you to begin a practice by identifying what kind of meditation works for you, addressing barriers, and processing what comes up as you experiment with new ways of being. Relatedly, I believe that doing personal work is crucial not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of the world. Therapy can be particularly helpful if you are interested in opening yourself up for advocacy or social justice work, by helping you to understand your beliefs, biases, and barriers to showing up in this way.
I earned my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I graduated from Pacific University’s School of Professional Psychology with my doctorate in clinical psychology in 2013, where I completed practica involving general practice, domestic violence, and working with college students. Both my thesis and dissertation focused on self-compassion, which I find to be an essential tool for those who struggle with low self-worth or are very hard on themselves.