“After suffering through the worst year and a half of my life, Dr. Sterling reached out to me with a treatment that quite possibly saved my life. Before doing a session with Dr. Sterling, I had spent tens of thousands of dollars at specialized doctors, naturopathic doctors, and other healing centers. After my first session with Dr. Sterling , I began to see immediate results. My nervous system was finally able to relax, my mind was more at ease, and my body finally got a chance to start healing. As a former Athlete (long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks), I wish I had been introduced to these methods of healing during my time in the NFL. Not only do I feel I could have healed injuries quicker, I believe that by releasing the negative emotions stored, you can eliminate certain physical ailments altogether. Words cannot describe the gratitude I have for Dr. Sterling and the benefits I have received from my time with her.”
“Serena helped me when no one else could figure out what to do. For about five years, I had gone to several doctors and tried various approaches for a chronic pain issue. It was starting to get really bad, and I felt pretty out-of-control about what to do. I had no trouble trying Serena’s various approaches because I was open to anything, but I will admit that I was skeptical. Within two sessions, things started changing dramatically, not just in terms of my pain but also on the level of my whole life. Serena’s approach is amazingly simple yet effective. And for once, my analytical mind could take the backseat. I feel forever indebted to Serena’s kindness, humor, and sensitivity.”
“I spent years struggling with neck pain, headaches, foot pain, sciatic, and low back pain. You name it- I had it. Eventually I came across Dr. Sarnos book , The Mind Body Connection, and what I learned changed my life. My physical pain was there to keep me distracted from emotional pain. It made sense. My pain started shortly after I began to worry about my mother (who is an alcoholic). Once I realized that I needed to acknowledge these unconscious emotions, my pain improved significantly. But, it never went away. It would move around, but it was always “something”.
I knew that I needed professional help to uncover these hidden emotions, deal with them, and get rid of my nagging pain once and for all. This is when I found Serena. Serena helped me uncover events and emotions in my life that I had no idea were having such an impact on my overall health. The techniques she uses are extremely effective and eye-opening. And what I loved the most about them is that you don’t have to spend hours and hours talking about the past or digging up painful memories. Your body remembers, and it works very quickly. After a few weeks, my pain improved.
Over the course of a few months, Serena helped me become more aware of my emotions. This was life changing. I learned that when I ignore painful experiences/emotions, my body creates physical pain and or sickness to help keep me distracted from feeling the pain of my emotions. It’s a vicious cycle. Serena helped me break out of this cycle and reach a new level of health, both mentally and physically.
Today, my pain is gone. And when I do feel it creeping back in, I have the tools I need to stop it. I am so thankful for Serena. She’s incredibly professional, intuitive, easy to talk to, and always empathetic. I highly recommend Serena! She has changed my life!”
“I had sprained my ankle and was in a lot of pain. My doctor told me to stay off my feet, which I was doing but I was getting really anxious about when I could return to work or even how I was going to accomplish everything I needed to do that weekend. A friend referred me to Serena. I found her really easy to open up to and trust.
Serena explained how emotions get stuck in the body and assessed where my pain was and how it was affecting me. She asked me questions about how my injury was impacting my life in terms of what it was limiting me from doing. She used some techniques I had never experienced or heard of before but after only 20 minutes, I was completely amazed. The pain was nearly gone!! I was able to put more weight on my foot. I felt lighter and I also had a lot more clarity about how I was going to handle my errands that weekend.
Had someone told me that my pain would significantly diminish or that I’d be able to get a lot of clarity about how to prioritize my agenda, all within 20 minutes and without medication, I would have laughed. But that was my experience with Serena. She’s the real deal!”
“Serena has helped me immensely in helping to get ‘unstuck’ in achieving life goals, all done quickly with cutting edge modalities. Serena gets results that traditional ‘talk’ therapy can only dream of. She has also helped reduce the pain of osteoarthritis in my knee, helping me to continue to enjoy competitive sports and hiking. Serena is kind, caring, knowledgeable and results orientated plus she has a secret weapon, Glenda, her empathic labrador retriever, the sweetest dog you’ll ever know!”
“Dear Dr. Sterling,
It is truly incredible what you have done for me with just one session with you. Prior to your session I would dry heave, gag and work myself into a frenzy of fear and insecurity prior to every airplane flight I took. I could somewhat manage (or tone down) my anxiety with multiple mouthfuls of vodka, which was not a proper answer for my “previous” fear of flying. It was, however, the only way I could talk myself into flying prior to your session. It is probably hard for anyone to image how terrible it was for me to fly seeing as I am over fifty and I flew dozens of times per year. Each and every time the same thing would happen to me; 1) The preflight nervousness and anxiety, 2) the gagging and dry heaving, 3) the aggressive behavior and 4) finally the vodka! This allowed me to get on the plane where I could panic inside with every bump or sound that convinced me I would soon die!
I really have no idea what you actually did in that one short session, but, I do know now that flying is no more difficult than getting in my car (which doesn’t bother me at all). Since our session, I have flown over eight times and each time it was perfectly fine and in fact a complete joy. I have also booked a trip to Alaska and am contemplating Africa with ZERO concern of a return of prior problems! Your care has allowed me to truly enjoy all future flights and the possibilities of exploration that each hold. I will never be able to thank you enough. You have changed my life and made travel much more fun for my wife who used to go for a walk prior to flying with me to avoid the embarrassment I felt!!!
With massive amounts of thankfulness,”
– Dr. John Baker
“Hi Dr. Sterling!
Here I am in Australia! I was trying to explain to my local gp, a young woman, the work I did with you. I could not remember what it was called. I explained it to her, and also said that, when I started it, I felt sure it was some kind of ‘new-age voodoo’. I have to tell you that it has stayed with me all this time. I cannot tell you the strength it has given me. How does it work? I do not know. I just know that it does. Thank you,”
“I was on the verge of giving up on windsurfing when a friend told me about Serena. My learning curve with windsurfing was relatively fast but waterstarting was my downfall. I could beachstart but not waterstart and I was beyond frustrated because I did everything possible to remedy my difficulty. I took group and private lessons—lots of lessons. I watched videos. I asked my friends for tips. I sailed at different spots and in various conditions. I put time on the water practicing my heart out all the while getting more and more impatient because I couldn’t do this one skill that would really allow me to advance to other levels.”
“Initially, I didn’t understand how someone like Serena could help me but I was willing to try anything. I was amazed. After the first session, I felt calmer and started believing I’d be able to achieve what I wanted with this sport. I hadn’t realized that I had basically given up on waterstarting nor was I aware that I didn’t find windsurfing enjoyable anymore. I continued to see her for a few more sessions. Although she won’t take credit for it, I truly believe that Serena is the reason I finally waterstarted and began nailing 100% of my waterstarts. ”
I began working with Serena because I felt very “stuck” in my own life for a long time – especially since entering adulthood. I try to have a basically positive attitude towards life and have goals I want to reach but somehow I couldn’t put the pieces together to make things work the way I desire. Because of this I would have self-esteem issues and would cause myself so much unnecessary anxiety. I’ve tried some other forms of traditional therapy. I would make only small steps of progress over longer periods of time.
Serena is very easy to talk to and trust. I feel like my treatment with her strikes a balance of someone professionally treating me for a problem and someone who is relatable and warm – unlike traditional therapy where there can sometimes be a wall between the doctor and patient.
I was thrilled that Serena’s approach wasn’t like traditional therapy where I would feel accused of having the same old Freudian psychological cliches that I went into the first session feeling moderately defensive about. You will dig up some crazy stuff that you can’t believe is still in there bothering you.
I felt some issues release right away but after the third session, I felt a marked difference in my overall vibe. Memories and emotions from the past physically left my body – I literally could feel the place they used to be. There was a vice-like tension in my chest for years that is 100% gone.
I’m starting to feel more and more like a mature adult that can understand her emotions and work on the corresponding patterns rather than (what I would label myself as) someone who just can’t get it together. For the first time in all the years of therapy I’ve tried, I am very confident in my ability to get to the place I want to be in life.
I was looking for a therapist to help me process a recent loss of a loved one. I came across Serena’s website and felt an instant connection with her approach. I had done therapy in the past and was really looking for something different.
From the first visit with Serena, I felt safe, cared for, and as a result, was able to open up and process that first day. As we continued our work together, I not only experienced the emotional healing I wanted to do, but I started seeing profound shifts in my life. I started showing up more as a whole person, centered in who I was, more willing to risk vulnerability in relationships, and more authentically voicing my needs and desires. The best way I can describe this was a sort of “waking up to my life.”
I have not experienced this type of transformation before. Although I’ve pursued other modalities, Serena’s approaches catapulted me to a new place on my journey. It’s been an exciting ride, and my husband and close friends have borne witness to the changes.
My greatest wish for anyone is that if they are feeling stuck, held back by themselves or their beliefs, that they try Serena’s work to explore what is holding them back.
I lost a pet recently as she darted out into the street and was hit by a car. I didn’t realize the effect my dog, Lucy had on me until after she was no longer with us. She had been a part of our family for over 5 years. We got her when she was 7 weeks old. My entire family was very attached to her.
For the first several days after her passing, I did a lot of crying. There were a lot of sleepless nights and the feeling that I’ve lost my best friend. I felt so helpless and felt that I should have protected her and I didn’t. I blamed myself for her passing and for all of the pain our entire family felt.
After having a conversation with Serena regarding my loss, I felt that she could help me through this difficult time. After only a few treatments I started to feel so much better. I had let go of all of the guilt. I was able to talk about Lucy without getting upset. I learned that how I was feeling was ok.
My life is so much richer now and I can thank Serena for helping me along my path.”
“I have to admit that I really had no background knowledge or experience with the mind body approaches Dr. Sterling uses. Some time ago I was experiencing horrible back pain that would surge daily. I tried stretching and yoga, but it would always come back. Dr. Sterling offered to do a little work with me and although I was skeptical, I tried it out without setting high expectations. To put it simply, after my session with Serena, the back pain never came back.”
“My sessions with Serena were quite helpful. She provided a safe place for me to revisit some difficult memories, facilitated the gentle release around some troublesome issues, and offered wise insight and perspective which proved to be instrumental in my healing.”
“I met Serena at a class and spent a few days with her as her classmate. During the class, Serena demonstrated Neuro Emotional Technique. This was an eye-opener! Much information is stored in our bodies that we are unaware of. I found Serena to be soft-spoken, kind and direct. She guides and probes gently but firmly. I think she is professionally competent and genuine in her caring. She makes people feel comfortable and is easy to open up to. I would trust her with my deepest secrets to nurture me back to balance in good health.”
“Serena approaches her work with a kindness and compassion that made me feel very comfortable, and at ease. She is trustworthy and professional, and offered me guidance and support during a very difficult time in my life. I will always be grateful for her help and skill.”
“Serena has opened my eyes to many facets of healing that I never knew were possible! Serena is very easy to talk to, and has many tools for finding the best avenue for you to achieve good health and live a happy healthy life. She really sees people and its obvious she cares about the people that come to see her. I would recommend her to anyone.”