Licensed Psychologist

Board Certified in Couples and Family

Dr. Grin Lord is a Board Certified, licensed clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, parents and families in Bellevue, Washington. Her specialities include: trauma, behavior problems, anxiety, abuse, depression, suicidality or self harm, substance abuse, problems with school, and life transitions. She also conducts psychological assessment for children and families.



Grin Lord, Psy.D. is a Board Certified, licensed psychologist (PY.60504854) who enjoys psychotherapy with infants, children, adolescents, and parents. Her full name is Sarah Peregrine Lord but she goes by a nickname that is part of her middle name: Grin. She is the Director and a co-founder of CRAFT.


Dr. Lord has been a researcher and clinical trainer at the University of Washington since 2007 and is now research faculty at the Department of Psychiarty and Behavioral Sciences. The majority of her research focused on trauma, PTSD, and substance abuse. She is an adjunct faculty member for Seattle University’s Master of Arts Program in Psychology. There she teaches a course in understanding modern families and conducting family therapy. In 2018, she became VP of Clinical Innovation at, Inc., a start-up which focuses on training therapists using performance-based feedback. 


Dr. Lord has had extensive training in both adult and child psychotherapy. She received her bachelor's degree from Whitman College in Psychology and in Anthropology. Her masters and doctoral training were completed at Antioch University- Seattle; she graduated with a Psy.D. in clinical psychology in 2014. During her training, Dr. Lord conducted primarily trauma-focused therapy at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s, Quil Ceda Elementary School, and the Fremont Community Therapy Project. She completed an APPIC internship in child and family forensic psychology and infant neuropsychological assessment at Monterey County Children’s Behavioral Health in Salinas, California. In 2019, she attained Board Certification in Couples and Family Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. 



​Anxiety and depression

Behavior problems

Parent coaching and support

School problems

Parent-child and family therapy

Ages 0 to 18, with specialized training for children under age 5

Encopresis, enuresis, bowel problems

Sleep problems (including sleep training)

Conversion disorder and somatic symptoms

Self-harm and suicidal ideation

Transitions to college, adulthood, and the "empty nest"




Posttraumatic stress disorder

Domestic violence

Divorce conflict

​Sexual abuse or assault 

Adult survivors of child abuse or neglect

Use and abuse of alcohol or drugs

Recovery from restrictive groups or cults

​Experiences of intergenerational trauma​

Attachment problems between parent or caregiver and child

Adjustment to adoption, foster care, or child removal

Family and child forensic evaluation  ​


My approach to therapy is relational.

I practice integrative psychotherapy within a relational framework. That means I attend to our therapeutic relationship as an important consideration for healing; we may talk about your relationships with others, with those in your family, and how your life shapes and is shaped by the social world. For young children, relational therapy is similar to attachment-based therapies and may focus on the relationship between parents or caregivers and the child. I also engage in play therapy to facilitate healing with younger children.   


My integrative approach is informed by evidence-supported treatments such as dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing for behavior change. For behavioral problems with young children, I often work closely with parents, focus on the family, and recommend pragmatic behavioral interventions, such as monitoring problem behaviors and reinforcing positive behaviors.


I see patients of all ages.

I am comfortable with a variety of clinical issues that face infants, children, teens, and parents. In addition to parent coaching and family therapy, I also see adults who suffer from anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and related issues. ​When working with children, I generally provide a combination of individual child therapy, parent-child therapy, and parent coaching. Young children may benefit from more parent coaching or parent-child work than from individual therapy; we will decide together what will be the best fit for your child. Sometimes after seeing a child in therapy, it becomes clear that therapy with all caregivers is indicated to address the problem. I am comfortable working with entire families and often see individuals in the family separately or in small groups before working with the whole family. 


I am trained in a wide range of assessments for children, adolescents and adults. I have specialized training in forensic evaluation for families, children and infants, including assessments of family functioning and trauma exposure with children ages 0 to 5. I am not currently accepting new assessment patients.


​Motivational Interviewing
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-supported treatment for behavior change; it was originally designed to address risk behaviors like abusing alcohol and drugs. It does not have to do with motivational speaking; rather, the name of the therapy comes from listening to a patient's motivations to change. I am a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. I have created training tools and published numerous articles about MI.  I offer supervision, coaching, training and workshops in MI for students, therapists, social workers, clinicians, medical providers, and researchers.  I also offer fidelity assessment coding and training of coding teams for MI. More information is available on the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers site.


I have published over ten articles and other work in peer-reviewed academic journals. Topics range from investigations into how therapy works in different settings, the language of therapy and culture of trauma. Review the selection of published works below to get a glimpse of my work.

September 2011

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) interventions are efficacious in reducing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but are challenging to implement in acute care and other non-specialty mental health settings.

November 2014

We hypothesized that synchrony in language style (i.e., matching how statements are phrased) between client and therapists would predict gestalt ratings of empathy over and above the contribution of reflective statements.

May 2014

Through qualitative textual interpretation of three widely utilized evidence-supported trauma treatment manuals, I identified themes that suggested a particular constitution of the contemporary way of being—a traumatized self—and how this traumatized self comes to light through psychotherapeutic practice as described by the manuals.


The majority of our clinicians are contracted with several major insurance companies including those listed below and more.  We will also submit claims as out-of-network providers, which means you can be partially reimbursed for the cost of the session.

Call us and your insurance company to confirm coverage prior to your first visit.



Forest Office Park, Building F

14655 Bel-Red Road
Suite 203
Bellevue, WA 98007






Main 425-429-2499 

Fax  610-523-0582

Forest Office Park, Building F

14655 Bel-Red Road
Suite 203
Bellevue, WA 98007