Sarah Gruszka, Psy.D
Dr. Sarah Gruszka is a licensed clinical psychologist who is thrilled to bring her years of experience as a psychotherapist to Alleviant Health Centers.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Marketing from Albright College, Dr. Gruszka pursued two advanced degrees (M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology) at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, D.C. She is currently continuing her education at Fairleigh Dickinson University, earning an M.S. in Clinical Psychopharmacology.
From a young age, Dr. Gruszka has been fascinated by human behavior and loves trying to help people understand their own thoughts and behavioral patterns. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings, with much of her career focused on mental health for college and graduate student-aged young adults, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of San Diego. She has done extensive training and works with individuals with disordered eating and body image concerns.
Dr. Gruszka explains, “18 is a prime age for eating disorders to surface because it’s a time of transition between youth and adulthood. With any big transition comes a lot of difficulties and that’s when a lot of mental health concerns emerge.”
Dr. Gruszka also works with clients facing depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and identity development concerns. She most recently worked at an outpatient mental health clinic offering psychotherapy for adults ages 18 and older.
Throughout her career, Dr. Gruszka has treated many people with treatment-resistant depression, leading her to search for more innovative and holistic therapies to treat the root causes of disease. At Alleviant, Dr. Gruszka offers ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and refers patients to TMS as needed for escalated treatment. She believes in the collaborative and team-oriented approach that Alleviant offers.
Dr. Gruszka integrates a variety of therapeutic approaches to suit the needs of each individual client. She employs an integrative approach with an emphasis on interpersonal, psychodynamic work as well as Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies. Dr. Gruszka believes in the importance of the mind-body connection and is excited to work at a center that offers services for total wellness.
“At the end of the day,” she notes, “the reason why I do the work that I do is that I love helping people. For me, the patient always comes first. I’m excited to be at a place that prioritizes patient care.”
Outside of work, Dr. Gruszka enjoys staying active and spending time with her two little girls who keep her “on her toes.” They do their best to spend their Sundays on the beach, enjoying all the best that life in San Diego has to offer.