Sarah Rollins is a clinical social worker at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. She works with both adolescent and adult populations and has expertise in issues related to addiction. Her practice focuses on substance abuse throughout the developmental range, the effects of trauma on the nervous system, and how trauma intersects with substance abuse. She also supports family members of those with co-occurring disorders and works in the area of suicide prevention. She specializes in providing trauma-informed treatment as well as cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy. She provides individual, family, and group therapy.
Ms. Rollins’ goal is to help clients to feel empowered in finding their own sense of purpose and meaning in the world. She works to help her patients to navigate the barriers — mental, physical, emotional, and/or spiritual — in their lives in order to find balance and contentment. She is dedicated to normalizing substance use disorders and de-stigmatizing what it means to struggle with substances. Her treatment approach is nonjudgmental, holistic, and strength-based, utilizing psychoeducation to foster acceptance and/or create change with her patients.
Ms. Rollins serves as an adolescent and adult therapist with the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS) in the Depression Center, where she has worked since August 2016. Previously, she worked as an in-home family therapist for juveniles on probation and as a school social worker at a residential treatment facility for adjudicated youth. At UMATS, she facilitates a group to support parents through their children’s recovery process. She also facilitates an early recovery group for adults. She is currently in the first year of a three-year training program on somatic experiencing — a form of therapy focused on relieving the symptoms of mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on a client’s perceived body sensations.
Ms. Rollins received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan.