Hello, I’m Dr. Sandy Peace. Research has shown that is the relationship between the client and therapist that determines positive outcomes in therapy. Thank you for taking the time to see if we might be a good team!
I approach my work with genuineness, sincerity, a belief in our innate capacity for healing and growth, and a good dose of humor. I have a straightforward, collaborative approach – you will be understood and accepted, contained and expanded, nurtured and challenged as you develop new ways of being, thinking, and feeling that work for you! I utilize an integrated approach to wellbeing that takes into consideration the relationship between the body, mind, social context, and the authentic self. I customize my approach based on who you are and what challenges you are facing utilizing a wide range of therapeutic techniques including CBT, DBT, EMDR, solution focused, somatic, mindfulness, psychodynamic, relational, and multicultural.
As a therapist, I believe most of the internal and relational difficulties we experience are due to a conflict between who we really are and who we have been taught we are supposed to be (consciously or unconsciously). I understand the so-called “pathologies” we experience as coping mechanisms that once worked but are no longer effective. Our job is to figure out what you need and how you might get those needs met in a way that feels authentic and joyful rather than stifling and frustrating.
I am a generalist clinician working with a wide range of concerns including (but not limited to) identity develop, life transitions, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, sexuality, personality disorders, disordered eating, and bipolar. I work with adults and adolescents in individual, partner, and groups settings. In addition to being a clinician, I am a trained sex educator and have expertise working in University Counseling and with LGBTQIA and polyamorous clients. I provide trainings for mental health professionals on working with bisexual and polyamorous clients, and lead educational seminars and discussion/support groups for polyamorous people.
In my first career, I was climbing the corporate ladder as marketing and business development professional at a civil engineering and construction management firm. I went back to school for my doctorate in psychology to follow my dream of helping people be their best selves. I want my clients to find and follow their life purpose leaving therapy feeling more insightful, integrated, self-assured, better able to handle challenges, and happy!
Dr. Peace has helped me for some time, both in navigating issues of belonging and identity, and just in being a helpful mentor in a time of need. She has a wealth of knowledge, and a youthfulness that is easy to feel comfortable around. I know I can always call her up if I need advice or guidance with my own depression or sexuality. 10/10 would recommend to anyone cool out there who needs a therapist that can be honest, and effectively help you.