about-sandraI grew up in New England, the oldest of 8 kids. That role undoubtedly influenced my career path.  The first chapter in my formal education was nursing school in New York City where I became an RN.  Having realized that the psychological side of the human condition was most appealing to me, I  worked on Stanford University Medical Center’s inpatient psychiatry unit for a number of years.  That nurtured a desire to be more directly involved in the therapeutic process.  I got a Master’s degree in Psychology at Pacific Graduate School in Palo Alto and became a Marriage Family Therapist.  My experience has given me a broad and deep understanding of mental health, from real insanity to the everyday stresses we all experience.
I’ve raised 2 kids, a boy and a girl, plus step-kids, and love being a grandmother. Having been through divorce, I became even more dedicated to finding out what makes relationships work and how we can deal with difficult times and benefit from what we have learned.
For enjoyment I love natural highs, like shooting stars, dramatic cloud formations, mountain vistas and waterfalls. My favorite exercise is hiking in beautiful locations. But the most important thing to me is connection with family and friends. I am passionate about helping people have fulfilling lives and relationships.