Sara Bahraini, M.D.
B.A. in Psychology, American University
Doctor of Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Education & Background
Watching friends and loved ones suffer from mental illness and struggle to find adequate professional health drew me into the mental health field. As a Falls Church native, I’m proud to serve the DMV region.
After completing my schooling, I completed adult psychiatry training and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt program in Baltimore, MD.
A Holistic Approach
I provide highly-individualized, culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed, and LGBT-inclusive care. When working with clients, I provide a holistic assessment of potential medical, dietary, environmental, and lifestyle factors that may be playing a role in each person’s mental health. My emphasis is on working with the whole client, rather than viewing their mental health concerns in a vacuum.
I specialize in treating anxiety disorders, depression, insomnia, ADHD, gender dysphoria, selective mutism, childhood medical trauma, and other similar conditions.
I use tailored combinations of psychotherapy techniques to treat a wide range of mental health conditions. When appropriate, I believe strongly in the value of judiciously using evidence-
based medications and work with the patient to weigh their options and find the right medication for each situation.
My Role as a Therapist
I understand the courage it takes to seek help for yourself or your child. As such, I deeply value the trust my patients put in me. As a therapist, I see it as my role to support each patient’s mental health journey through kindness, empathy, and dignity. Therapy is an opportunity to identify and challenge unhelpful habits and patterns of thinking, which can present themselves as problems at home, school, and in social settings.
In service of this goal, I use cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapist alongside motivational techniques to deepen self-awareness and inspire change. I work with patients to develop practical, effective treatment plans that play to their personal strengths. This helps them navigate everyday challenges and achieve their goals.
My Approach with Children and Teens
When working with children and teens, I believe collaborating with families, schools, and pediatricians tends to provide the best outcomes. I work with all parties involved to find creative solutions for whatever emotional, behavioral, and learning difficulties each patient may be navigating.
I also use an engaged approach, encouraging the patient to take an active role in their treatment. This helps them feel heard and strengthens their relationships with family and educators.