About Sara Staggs

After Trauma is a blog about trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), treatment and recovery.



Sara Staggs, LICSW, MSW, MPH works at The Viva Center in Washington DC.  She was previously the Senior Trauma Therapist at the DC Rape Crisis Center where she provided individual and group therapy to adult survivors of sexual violence and supervised graduate student. Most recently she lived in Accra, Ghana developing a behavior therapy program for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

She is trained in the following approaches:

  • EMDR (certified)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused CBT
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • play therapy and expressive arts therapies
  • motivational interviewing

She has worked with adults who have complex PTSD, severe mental illness and addictions as well as people who have developmental disabilities.

Follow Sara on Twitter @SaraStaggs

About the images

DSC01270RTSClimber in Alberta, Canada

I drew or photographed almost all of the images used for my posts.    All of my artwork is copyright protected, so if you’re interested in using one of them, please contact me directly at sara.staggs.lcsw (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll talk!

Scientifically Reviewed
Last updated: 20 Jun 2016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 20 Jun 2016
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