Hi, I'm Dr. Sandra!

SUMMARY:
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology
  • 25+ years experience
  • Former Navy Lieutenant Commander
  • Fellow: American Institute of Stress
  • Board: Sister to Sister International
  • Board: Central Park United Neighbors
  • Member: Supreme Court Character & Fitness Committee
  • Author: The Art of Loving Life
  • Author: The Young Person's Ultimate Guide to Managing Stress

About Dr. Sandra

My love of psychology began as a child.  Growing up in an immigrant neighborhood in New York City, I was fascinated by all of the different cultures and their different beliefs. 

I became interested in the mind and how it influenced what we believed about ourselves and our lives.  I was especially fascinated by how it controlled every aspect of our bodies - our ability to see, move, think, breathe, heal, etc. - mostly with no conscious effort on our part.

By the time I was in high school.  I read an article on Artificial Intelligence in Psychology Today written by a Psychologist and decided right then and there that I would get a PhD in Psychology so that I could work with this cutting edge technology.  I wanted to be the scientist who helped make a computer work like the human mind! 

But half way through graduate school, I realized that the clinical psychology track I was on would not lead me to the world of Artificial Intelligence.  That was okay, though, because helping people was very satisfying.

Naturally, I focused on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  The focus of CBT is helping people understand how their limiting beliefs create their reality by influencing how they interpret their experiences and their lives.  I saw how changing limiting beliefs helped many people significantly change their lives.

I am a former Lieutenant Commander who spent four years on active duty as a Navy Psychologist and consultant to the Marine Corps’ 1st Special Forces Group.  It was during my first year in the Navy that I was tasked with teaching Stress Management to the medical staff.  Soon I began facilitating groups for my patients on stress management as well.  

I remained on inactive duty for seven more years while working as a Behavioral Medicine Psychologist and Hospital Psychologist for the medical staff at Kaiser Permanente in California. These experiences led me to become an expert in stress management and to create trainings for organizations to increase their knowledge of stress management.  Some of my clients include State Farm Insurance, The American Heart Association, The American Lung Association, Cisco Systems/Small Business Development Center, West Valley Public Health, and SCORE.

I was hired by General Electric and Walmart to facilitate Veteran-Corporate Integration trainings designed to give new-hire veterans information and tools to transition successfully into the corporate environment.  The characteristics that make one successful in the military are not necessarily the same ones that make one successful in the corporate world. So, new skills were needed.  I continued working with veterans as a Contractor for the National Veterans Training Institute.

I have also published numerous articles and has been an invited lecturer across the country on topics such as Stress Management, Professional Development, Leadership Skills, Change Management, Goal Setting, Emotional Intelligence and Transition Management. I have published two books - The Art of Loving Life and The Young Person’s Ultimate Guide to Managing Stress.  

I am an expert at stress management/visualization/meditation.  I am currently a Member of The American Institute of Stress, a Member of the Supreme Court Character and Fitness Committee in Denver, a Board Member of Stapleton United Neighbors and I provide EAP counseling services to Raytheon.

My background has shaped my philosophy that people can improve their lives quickly.  My experience of working in the medical field expanded my knowledge of mind-body medicine and how to work with individuals as whole beings. I'm more excited than ever to be in the field of the mind and to be a contributing factor in helping someone get the life they want. 

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