Gameplan Therapy Psychologist
Sarah A. Haider, Psy.D
Dr. Haider has specialized in treatment of pediatric anxiety, OCD and behavioral problems for over a decade. In addition to CBT and exposure-based therapies, she has extensive training in biofeedback and a knowledge of the mind-body connection. She also has a background in school psychology and is keenly aware of the impact anxiety can have on school and work.
In addition to working directly with patients, Dr. Haider volunteers within the community to educate groups about the impact of anxiety on individuals and family members. Her passion is training others- including family members- to treat and manage anxiety.
Dr. Haider has chaired the Los Angeles County Psychological Convention (LACPA), sat on the LACPA Board, presents regularly at local and national conventions, conferences, teacher in-services, and parent trainings provided by schools and within the community. She has facilitated or lead well over 100 hundred community-based lectures.
Abigail Hansen, LPC
Abby Hansen comes to Gameplan Therapy with 10 years experience working in mental health facilities and treatment centers. Abby has her MA in Transpersonal Art Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO and her BFA in Sculpture and Pre-Art Therapy from Arcadia University in Philadelphia PA. In addition to utilizing art for assessment purposes, she guides clients to engage in art to help increase communication, improve emotional vocabulary, process trauma, and manage anxiety. She has been trained in Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), which embraces techniques designed to allow parents to foster healthy connections with their children, and support them in their recovery over anxiety. EFFT helps parents to overcome their own emotional blocks so that they can better respond to their children’s needs.
Allie Mizusawa, LPC
Hannah Berman, LSW
Hannah, who is a Colorado native, comes to Gameplan Therapy with a diverse background in the mental health field. Hannah earned her Bachelors in Psychology with High Honors from UC Santa Barbara; she then spent several years working in Los Angeles before returning to Denver, Colorado to obtain her MSW from University of Denver. Through her work as a crisis specialist at Colorado Crisis Line, she gained extensive experience in the areas of safety assessment, suicide prevention, and crisis interventions for children and youth. Hannah especially enjoys working with the pediatric population. She loves to partner with children and their caregivers to create a strong alliance, and to develop treatment plans that involve the whole family. She has worked at University of Colorado Anschutz Outpatient Psychiatry and Children’s Hospital Colorado, and is appreciative of building on the relational component of treatment at Gameplan Therapy. She brings energy and excitement to therapy, helping families implement developmentally appropriate tools and interventions to support their children.
As a social worker, Hannah approaches her work from a compassionate, non-judgmental and strengths-based perspective with all of her patients. Hannah maintains a strong belief in the resilience of children and adolescents to heal from anxious distress and worry, learn coping and self-regulation techniques to enhance interpersonal functioning, and ultimately thrive in all aspects of their lives. She works with each family to determine their unique needs and implement creative, evidence-based treatments, eliciting feedback throughout the treatment process to ensure that children and caregivers feel understood and supported.
Jen Hurvitz, LMFT
A Los Angeles native, Jen comes to Gameplan Therapy with 10 years of experience working in special education, as a classroom teacher and then as an educational therapist. In 2018, she earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and loves engaging in work as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Her passion for supporting children and teens continues to come through in her clinical work with this population. The combination of her experience running classrooms, providing auxiliary academic support for students, and (most recently) working therapeutically with children, teens, and their families allows her to support her clients in the most holistic and effective way possible.
She understands the invaluable role that a strong therapeutic relationship plays in her work with clients and skillfully creates a space where that can flourish. Jen believes that each of her clients has an unlimited, often untapped, source of wisdom and strength within themselves. She approaches her work with clients with commitment, compassion and hope. Outside of the therapy room, Jen loves to explore new hikes and experiment with new baking recipes.
Gameplan Therapy Coaches
Research shows that a collaborative team approach improves “generalizability” of exposures- meaning that by practicing the same strategies with different people in different settings, we have a higher likelihood of creating long-term results.
An anxiety coach can be a great addition to the team; they are familiar with the team’s goals, and receive guidance in strategies outlined by the psychologist. The psychologist will lead family sessions and parent training sessions, and is responsible for developing the game plan for your family. The coach will motivate and provide additional one-on-one support to ensure the individual/family is able to follow-through with the week’s game plan.
This is done in one of two ways: Either through traditional sessions where the coach will complete exposures with the family/individual; or, with 10-15 minute check-ins with your family throughout the week. Your psychologist will determine which makes most sense for your family.
Bailey Esch, M.Ed
Under Dr. Haider's license, Bailey acts as an anxiety coach. Bailey has an extensive background working with children and families in different capacities- in preschools, school administration, hospital settings ad home-based family visits. Her educational background is in Special Education, receiving her master’s degree in education; Early childhood Special Education from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree in Education; Mind, Brain, Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has a Graduate Certificate in Advance Practice Nursing in Infant Mental Health from the University of Washington and is pursuing a certification as a child life specialist through the University of California- Santa Barbara. Additionally, Bailey is a water color artist and appreciates bringing creativity into her sessions, and encourages clients to practice her belief that mind-body connection promotes overall health.