Sarah Steinmetz, Ph.D.

Sarah Steinmetz, Ph.D. Menlo Park

Sarah Steinmetz, Ph.D.
Menlo Park

Dr. Steinmetz’s approach involves using genuine empathy and transparent communication to build supportive and trusting relationships with her clients. She believes that building this attitude of teamwork with her clients is the key to them being able to successfully explore patterns in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that may be contributing to mental health problems. Because she believes that avoiding difficult experiences and emotions can oftentimes worsen problems, she focuses on strengthening her clients’ confidence in themselves and their abilities to overcome difficulties. Dr. Steinmetz believes that the most helpful way to empower her clients to improve their well-being is to use nonjudgmental approaches as well as evidence-based strategies that have been shown to work through research.

Dr. Steinmetz received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wyoming and completed her predoctoral internship at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. Throughout her doctoral training, she completed clinical rotations in rural telehealth for trauma, learning and behavioral assessment and treatment, mood and personality disorders, inpatient trauma recovery, outpatient mental health, couple and family therapy, and inpatient rehabilitation.

Her research interests include developing better assessment and treatment for guilt and shame associated with causing harm to other people, prevention of sexual assault on college campuses, and improving access to mental-health care using mobile apps and websites.

Selected publications:

Steinmetz, S. E., Gray, M., & Clapp, J.D. (in press). Development and evaluation of the perpetration-induced distress scale for measuring shame and guilt in civilian populations. Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Steinmetz, S. E., & Gray, M. (2018). Reducing rape-related attitudes utilizing a cognitive dissonance paradigm. Violence Against Women.

Steinmetz, S. E., & Gray, M. (2018). Utilizing tenets of social cognitive theory to facilitate stay-leave decision making in victims of partner abuse. Partner Abuse.

Gray, M., Hassija, C. & Steinmetz, S. E. (2016). Sexual Assault Prevention on College Campuses. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Steinmetz, S. E., & Gray, M. (2015). Treatment for distress associated with accurate appraisals of self-blame for moral transgressions. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 11, 207-219. doi: 10.2174/1573400511666150629105709

Steinmetz, S. E., Benight, C.C., Bishop, S.L., & James, L.E. (2011). My Disaster Recovery: A pilot randomized controlled trial of an internet intervention. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 25, 593-600, doi: 10.1080/10615806.2011.604869

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