Sandra is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. She earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Belgrano and completed coursework towards a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Flores, both in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has taught Family Systems and Family Therapy courses as faculty within the University of Buenos Aires and the University of Flores.
Sandra’s experience and expertise are in the areas of attachment, trauma, and loss. She has specialized training in infant and early childhood mental health, currently completing her certification as an Infant Mental Health Specialist IMH-E® in VA, Level III (Clinical). She has experience conducting comprehensive psychological assessments for infant, toddlers and young children as well as parent-child relational assessments. She has also worked extensively with school age children, adolescents, and their families.
She has received specialized training in attachment-based therapies, Child-parent Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Structural family therapy, and expressive therapies including art, sand and play therapy.
Sandra has more than 25 years of experience providing clinical services to young children, adolescents, and their families. She has experience working and supervising community mental health programs, school-based programs and programs within government agencies. She is affiliated to the Virginia Association for Infant Mental Health (VAIMH), she serves on the Early Childhood Mental Health Virginia Advisory Board (ECMHVA) and the Healthy Families Arlington Advisory Board.
Sandra has lived in the United States since 2001. Her bicultural, bilingual background informs her work on behalf of children and families from diverse ethnic and cultural origins. Sandra has a profound interest in cultural issues impacting family systems, relational trauma, and child development.
Sandra believes nurturing and responsive relationships during the first years of a young child’s life weave the fabric and foundation for all other development and help buffer the developing brain from situations of stress and trauma. Clinical services during this stage can have a powerful and lasting effect.
She has a special interest in partnering with parents to strengthen nurturing relationships with their children to enhance environments that promote children’s healing and growth.