Welcome to Pouliot Psychological Services

Choosing a therapist is a very personal decision.

I believe healing and transformation occur in the context of a shared therapeutic experience – of a “you and me” – through your experiences and my expertise, we will chart new pathways to fulfilled living and relating. From finding relief and feeling better to gaining insight and developing oneself, you will not be alone. Too often, we find ourselves getting from one day to the next by going through the motions, having to leave behind aspects of ourselves and our experiences that life cannot fit into its busy schedule. As your therapist, our therapeutic relationship embraces all aspects of what we might find, value, and cultivate along the journey to better living. I am committed to offering a safe, welcoming, and affirming therapeutic space and place where healing, growth, and personal development become possible. It takes courage to reach out; I am here to help you make the connection.

Areas of Specialization 

As a fully-licensed, doctoral-level clinical psychologist and founder of Pouliot Psychological Services PLLC, I specialize in the adult treatment of trauma and trauma-related conditions or experiences. Specifically, my areas of expertise and specialization include: childhood trauma, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, complex trauma, developmental trauma, CPTSD, PTSD, as well as loss and grief and other chronic and/or debilitating issues. As trauma informs many other symptoms and struggles, I have extensive experience in the related treatment of dissociation, depression and mood disorders, anxiety and anxiety disorders, psychosis and thought disorders, personality disorders, and relationship problems. 

Approach to Therapy

I value a customized approach to therapy, tailoring treatment planning and goal setting to your specific needs and unique characteristics. During our work together, I will utilize a variety of contemporary methods and techniques to address your presenting concerns and struggles, as I practice from a relational perspective and interpersonal approach (informed by contemporary relational psychoanalytic theory, methods, research, and practice). This means that the way we come to experience, formulate, and understand our interactions will provide an essential catalyst for change (and growth), as new or alternative ways of experiencing and relating (to oneself and others) become possible and attainable. In other words, by understanding what goes on between us (therapist and client) and within us (our internal experiences while working together), we invite healing and growth to occur on a deeply moving, experiential level that leads to lasting change and lasting relief. In this way, I believe that therapy works best as a co-created and co-negotiated process between therapist and client. In fact, the development of a successful therapeutic relationship is a key mechanism for lasting change and continued growth.

Treatment Options

I offer both brief and longer-term therapeutic care as well as consultation to adults of all ages, offering In-Person Sessions (for those in Western Michigan regions: Kalamazoo, Plainwell, Portage, Mattawan, Grand Rapids, Holland, Saugatuck) or Telehealth Sessions across the State of Michigan as well as PSYPACT Participating States. Dr. Pouliot has received the Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) under the authority of PSYPACT. To see if your state is a participating state, please go to the following website: https://www.psypact.org/psypactmap

Contact me via phone or email to discuss what might be best for you.

A Special Message for Trauma Survivors

Trauma therapy should provide a safe place and safe relationship to begin the healing process that seeks to carefully understand, manage, and reduce pain and suffering. It works best when the therapeutic relationship creates a kind of space that specifically allows for the safe negotiation and management of all aspects and experiences of trauma. Therefore, it should include the ongoing and nuanced co-negotiation, co-creation, and co-regulation of therapeutic safety and consent, the former being requisite for the latter. It should respect the pace that feels both safe and manageable, rather than one that is forced or rushed. In fact, therapy should be patient in the way that trauma never was or will be. Trauma did not wait for consent; therapy must. Whether I have the privilege of therapeutically working with you or not, it is important to know that you have a variety of options when it comes to finding a trauma specialist, and above all else, you should feel safe. 

Feel free to read my other writings on trauma, located on this website, for more in-depth information about my therapeutic approach to and understanding of trauma.

Sarah Pouliot in Kalamazoo, MI

Sarah Pouliot, PhD Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

Offering In-Person or Telepsychology Sessions (APIT/PSYPACT)

Pouliot Psychological Services, PLLC

4000 Portage St, Suite 105

Kalamazoo, Michigan 49001

[email protected]

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