Sandra, is a Registered Psychotherapist and Person-Centred clinician who incorporates a positive, humanistic approach while working with the strengths and resources of her clients. Sandra has been utilizing evidence-based techniques, solution focused strategies, mindfulness and expressive arts modalities into her practice for over twenty years.
Sandra has extensive experience working with street involved youth, Autistic children, teens and adults, individuals with complex mental health challenges, individuals from marginalized communities, and individuals from all walks of life.
Initially trained as an Expressive Arts Therapist, Sandra values the creativity and diverse perspectives of her clients. She has been active in making psychotherapy and community artmaking accessible and inclusive in and outside of Toronto. She has facilitated several groups including: Intercultural Expressive Arts Therapy groups, Healthy Living/Healthy Sexuality groups, Music and Movement Groups, Drama Therapy groups in addition to the individual psychotherapy she provides.
Client focus: Autistic teens, young adults and mature adults, individuals who are neurodivergent.
- Strengths Based
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Trauma informed
- Cognitive Behavioral Techniques
- Solution Focused
- Goal oriented
- Grief and Loss
- Life transitions
- Conflict related to home, school, work
- Women’s issues
- Executive Functioning
- Coping skills
- Creative Expression
- Family Dynamics
- Complex mental health challenges
The Create Institute Diploma 1998
York University, Bachelor of Arts 1989
LGBT2SQ Foundations Certificate, Rainbow Health, 2021
Mental Health Responders: Suicide, Risk Assessment and Safety Planning Certificate, Create Institute/Dr. T. Weinberg, 2021
Indigenous Cultural Competency Training, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 2017
Diversity and Equity in Mental Health and Addictions Certificate, University of Toronto, Hong Fook Mental Health Association, 2017
Mental Health First Aid Certificate, Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2016
HSA, Person Centred Practices Training, Helen Sanderson Associates, 2015