Sarah Fernandez, Intern Therapist

Pronouns - She/her/hers

Sarah Fernandez, a Doctoral Intern, provides therapy to Spanish-speaking clients.

Insurances Accepted

(CCHA) Medicaid, (CHP+) Medicaid, (Northeast Health Partners) Medicaid, (Health Colorado Inc.) Medicaid, Aetna, Evernorth (formerly known as Cigna), Cofinity/DHMP, Evernorth (formerly known as Cigna) EAP, (CO Access) Medicaid, (RMHP) Medicaid, Friday Health

Current Practice

Sarah Fernandez is a Doctoral Intern at the University of Denver who will be spending the year at the Center for Valued Living and seeing primarily Spanish-speaking clients. Sarah takes an approach to therapy that is based in freedom from judgment so that her clients can grow comfortable bringing their whole, authentic selves to therapy and knowing they will be welcome. She practices primarily from an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy framework but also incorporates elements of attachment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and other theoretical approaches. Equipped with a J.D. from the University of Texas and a background in criminal defense, Sarah comes to therapy with a nuanced understanding of the complexity of living, how and why people find themselves in difficult junctures, and with a deeply empathetic perspective. 

Client Focus

  • Teens 13+
  • Seniors 65+
  • Group Therapy
  • Transgender

Treatment Approach

  • Addictions/Substance Abuse
  • ADHD
  • Bipolar
  • Caregiver Support
  • Childhood Abuse
  • Chronic Illness/Pain
  • Court Ordered Therapy
  • Crisis Management
  • DV/Abuse
  • Divorce/ High Conflict Family
  • Existential Issues
  • Fertility
  • Grief/Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Personality Disorder
  • Postpartum
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Issues
  • Trauma/PTSD


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • CBT
  • Family/Systems
  • Mindfulness-based
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Person-centered

Past Work Experience

  • Intake Interviewer, Esperanza, NY, Inc., New York, NY
  • Clinical Student, Capital Punishment & Domestic Violence Clinics, The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX
  • Fellow, Office of Capital Forensic Writs, Austin, TX 

Education & Licensure

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (in progress), University of Denver, Denver, CO
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX
  • Bachelor's of Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • Sarah is currently being supervised by Dianelyris Melendez LPC#0011436