Sandra has been practicing psychotherapy since 2004. She received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work Degrees with high honors from the University of Southern California. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of California and Colorado, issued in 2008 and 2013 respectively. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at the Colorado State University, School of Social Work, Master of Social Work Program. Furthermore, Sandra has provided clinical supervision for both interns working toward their master’s degrees and therapists aiming to obtain their licenses.
Sandra has a wide range of mental health experience working with individuals, couples, families, and children from diverse backgrounds. She has worked with multidisciplinary teams, including psychiatrists and physicians, in psychiatric outpatient clinics and urgent care, as well as, in medical inpatient and outpatient settings in Los Angeles, CA. Her expertise is in treating the following:
- Trauma/PTSD – Trained EMDR Therapist
- Self-Esteem issues
- Marriage/Couples issues
- Interpersonal/relationship issues
- Personality differences/issues
- Boundary setting
- Parenting concerns
- Family issues
- Teen issues
Sandra uses integrative approaches based on the client’s individual needs. When medication is indicated, Sandra has collaborated closely with psychiatrists and physicians to provide the most comprehensive treatment and to advocate for clients.
Sandra is also a trained EMDR therapist. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an evidence-based modality of psychotherapy, which has shown its effectiveness to help people recover from trauma/PTSD, anxiety, and panic disorders.
Sandra finds great joy working with couples to bring healthier communication and connection in their relationship. Sandra also enjoys working with families, including providing parenting skill support. She believes in empowering clients through promoting self-awareness, understanding different personalities, improving their communication and coping skills, building support, and suggesting resources in order for them to overcome the obstacles in their lives. She is most excited about working with individuals, couples, and families while integrating faith-based approaches.
Sandra is trained in providing animal assisted therapy and Archie, her certified therapy dog, joins her a couple of times a week in the office. Therapy dogs, like Archie, cultivate a nonjudgmental environment, offer emotional support, reduce stress, and encourage social interaction. Their presence can lower blood pressure, provide comfort in therapy sessions, and motivate individuals. For both people and the dogs themselves, these interactions bring a sense of purpose and happiness.
Sandra has been with her husband for over 20 years and they have a daughter together. James and Sandra first met while serving together in worship ministry in Los Angeles. After getting married and having their daughter, they moved to Colorado in 2012. They are currently actively engaged in volunteering within the Northern Colorado community.
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