About Me

Marriage and Family Therapist

Certified Neurodiverse Couples Counselor

Affair Recovery Specialist

I have helped over two thousand couples answer the question, “Should I stay or should I go?” A results-oriented therapist, I focus on innovative and hands-on tools for effective communication and personal relating.

I am a neurodiverse marriage counselor, which means I understand that each couple is unique and embrace the beautiful variety of brains out there. It appreciate the beauty and complexity of the human mind.

I offer a huge toolbox of therapeutic techniques. Like a magician pulling rabbits out of hats, except instead of rabbits, I pull out strategies to help couples navigate their challenges. From cognitive-behavioral therapy to mindfulness exercises, I cover it all.

But effectiveness is what we’re after, right? She doesn’t just sit there nodding and taking notes; I actively engage with my clients and provide them with tangible tasks to work on between sessions. It’s like having a homework assignment in marriage counseling – but don’t worry, there won’t be any pop quizzes!

I genuinely care about my clients. I want nothing more than to see couples thrive and grow together. I offer empathy and warmth to create a safe space for open communication and vulnerability.

I’m a parent of two adult daughters and am a Blended Family. Because I understand family dynamics I help incorporate extended family members to live harmoniously within the confines of healthy boundaries where setting good limits with each other is key.

What Couples Are Saying About Sarah’s Work 

“If you’re in need of some marital help in San Diego, I highly recommend giving Sarah Ruggera a visit. With her neurodiverse approach, extensive toolbox, effectiveness, knack for assigning homework (in a good way), and caring nature, you’ll be in good hands as you navigate the twists and turns of your relationship journey.”

“Sarah’s ability to identify the problem areas and give us tools to address them is priceless.”

“We love her energy.”

“She keeps us motivated to follow through with the system we’ve put in place to be more communicative.”

“She’s honest and direct, but more importantly, understands there is always two sides to a story.”

“If it weren’t for Sarah, I would not still be married.”

During my years of service I have been told by current and former clientele that my energy and ability to Self Disclose about similar life circumstances has helped their own process in that they feel encouraged and confident. They report acquiring tools from counseling with me have been transformational and made a difference in all their relationships.

Counseling doesn’t necessarily have to be long term. We do, however, need to set the groundwork to get the relationship stabilized where you acquire the appropriate tools to maintain it. Call me at (858) 735-1139 and we can get started today!


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