Sarah Scimeme, Psy.D.

With a curiosity to understand the complexities of human nature and behavior, Dr. Sarah Scimeme studied psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Delaware. Following obtaining a bachelors degree in psychology, Dr. Scimeme went on to pursue a masters degree in psychology from Boston University. Working as a therapist in a residential center with adjudicated teenage males for 4 years who presented with a background of both criminal offenses as well as trauma motivated Dr. Scimeme to understand this population in greater depth. With a desire and passion to continue learning in the field, Dr Scimeme pursued a doctoral degree and attended La Salle University where she earned both a Masters and Doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Throughout her training, she gained experience in a rehabilitation setting at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on patients with various neurological and musculoskeletal impairments. She also gained experience with in outpatient settings working with adults presenting with significant interpersonal struggles as well as court mandated anger management clients. Though her focus while studying at LaSalle was the child clinical track, she conducted research on postpartum depression, an avoidant style of coping, and bonding difficulties. Dr. Scimeme has done several poster presentations at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies convention on various topics including postpartum depression, mindfulness, the relationship between symptoms of psychopathology and children and their parents, and informed consent process to graduate students and their clients. She has also participated in a panel discussion on self-care at the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Annual Convention.

Dr. Scimeme completed her clinical internship at a foster care agency in a residential treatment center in New York where she remained for 7 years overseeing all clinical aspects of an adolescent female unit. Dr. Scimeme conducted both psychodiagnostic testing during her internship year, as well as individual, family, and group therapy following internship. Her areas of specialty include treating complex trauma in adolescents including physical, emotional, sexual abuse, neglect, loss, and more recently commercial sexual exploitation of children. Dr. Scimeme is skilled at crisis management, and building relationships with hard to treat populations. She also has experience in suicidality as well as self injurious behaviors. Dr. Scimeme is certified in Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress, a skills based group treatment for teenagers who have experienced significant stress and trauma in their life. She also possesses a postgraduate certificate in clinical supervision from Adelphi University.

Dr Scimeme is trained in empirically supported treatments and utilizes generally a cognitive behavioral approach in clinical practice. However, having worked with adolescents for a good portion of her career thus far has taught her to be genuine, practical and creative. She will often use many different methods and techniques that best meet the therapeutic need of the client. Dr. Scimeme also pulls from acceptance based approach, attachment-based theory, systems approaches, and interpersonal when needed. Additionally, as a parent herself, the research she has done previously has fueled her passion and desire to raise awareness, provide psychoeducation, engage in prevention efforts, and provide treatment of both perinatal and postpartum related issues.  She is a central member to APS’s Maternal Mental Health Team and is partnering with physicians to identify and deliver services early to at-risk mothers.