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Sarah E. Nunnink, PhD
Center for Emotional Change

I'm a licensed psychologist (PSY 21661) who strives to make a real transformative change in the lives of the people I work with
I offer a pathway to self-awareness, transparency & genuinenss through experiential and emotion guided therapy


Consultation Services for Mental Health Professionals

I provide training, supervision and consultation to a variety of mental health professionals.  I am particularly skilled at providing consultation in the following areas:

  • Sex Therapy and Emotion Focused Couples Therapy: an Integrated Model
  • Attachment Theory
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Integrative Case Conceptualization
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy from Experiential Framework

 I have served as core clinical training faculty of the VA San Diego Healthcare System/UCSD internship and postdoctoral fellowship programs, supervised trainees from the University of San Diego's MFT program and the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program.  I've provided seminars, webinars, CEU trainings, workshops and lectures for a variety of clinical settings.  I've run a successful Acceptance and Commitment Therapy consultation group for licensed therapists in the community and I've provided individual consultation to licensed providers to further their clinical skill.
Feedback and Testimonials from the Consultation Experience:

"A while back I realized that I had a knowledge gap that prevented me from adequately assessing for and addressing my couples’ sexual difficulties.  I realized that I needed to do more than simply reframe sexual problems in terms of the cycle.  Some sexual problems need to be dealt with directly and may require a referral.  I pursued online education in sex therapy and gained some information but it didn’t really enrich my EFT work.  I feel so lucky to have met Sarah who is a Certified EFT Therapist and a seasoned sex therapist.  When I consult with Sarah on clients with sexual challenges, I don’t have to exit from EFT into behaviorism.  Sarah is able to provide information and guidance on a clinical sexual issue while weaving it into the cycle.  Her supervision has transformed my work!  EFT Trainer Jeff Hickey believes that sex therapy can and should be incorporated into EFT treatment when needed and Sarah has done a great job in helping me to do just that."
~Jason Trowbridge, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist, Davis CA

"I cannot say enough wonderful things about how great it has been to be Sarah’s trainee…she has provided me with an outstanding supervision and fostered a safe environment where I felt empowered to pursue my training interests…she has greatly impacted my style of therapy and theoretical orientation and I have witnessed such an objective improvement to my own therapy. It has been the most rewarding and fulfilling training year I have ever had.. I have grown more as a clinician than I ever had before. Sarah has been the most influential supervisor I've had and for that I will always be grateful!"
~Jonathan Mueller, VA Postdoctoral LGBT Mental Health Fellow​

"I feel extremely fortunate to have had Dr. Nunnink as a supervisor. Her supervision style is incredibly engaging--she is fully present and committed to her trainees ... Sarah advocates for an emotion-focused model of therapy that veterans love and to which they respond well. It is a type of therapy very different than that to which I had been exposed prior, and while it was very challenging at first, I am forever grateful to Sarah for providing such a nurturing learning environment. She cares deeply for her patients and her trainees and it is a blessing to work alongside her. I would very highly recommend Dr. Nunnink as a supervisor to anyone who wants to expand their clinical skills, learn emotion-focused therapy, and enhance their communication skills. She is an excellent role model and the highest caliber supervisor."
~Shadi Gholizadeh, UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program Practicum Student

"This past year has been very important to me and you have been instrumental in making it so.  I will miss working with you and the guidance you have given me.  I think you are a gifted clinician and you've left an indelible mark on my style and conceptualizations.  Thank you for everything."
~Benjamin Inouye, USD Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum Student

"Dr. Nunnink is an exceptional psychologist and educator.  She is knowledgeable, engrossing and passionate.  Her teaching style inspires me to be a better psychologist"
- Clinical Seminar Attendee

"Dr. Nunnink was a dynamic and engaging speaker on an extremely important topic - Top notch!"  
- Clinical Seminar Attendee

"Very capable, brilliant researcher and clinician."  
- Clinical Seminar Attendee