Sandy Miyamoto, MSW, Social Work

Sandy Miyamoto

Sandy Miyamoto, MSW, Social Work

 smiyamoto@gilinstitute.com

As a Resident Supervisee in Social Work, Sandy Miyamoto feels tremendously grateful to be a part of the GITRE team. Under the supervision of Jennifer Hannet, Sandy provides counseling services for individuals, couples and families. Sandy studied clinical social work at Simmons College in Boston. She has her Masters in Social Work, and has been approved by the Virginia Board of Social Work to practice clinical social work and pursue her LCSW licensure with Jennifer Hannet as her Board approved Clinical Supervisor.

Sandy is empathetic in her person-centered and strengths-based approach and anchors her therapeutic work with all individuals, couples, and families in evidence-based approaches that are rooted in multi-theoretical frameworks. Her integrative clinical lens and practice is informed by evidence-based approaches including: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Schema Therapy. Sandy has also received specialized training in Extended Play Based Development Assessment and Sand Therapy with Dr. Eliana Gil. She is also passionate about integrating the creative arts including music and art as an expressive and therapeutic pathway towards healing and empowerment.

Sandy’s experiences include providing mental health support for individuals grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces, as a Grief and Loss Care Group counselor for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). As a previous adoption social worker, Sandy interviewed and helped prepare families for adoption and conducted post-adoption family interviews and child assessments to determine that their relational, psychosocial, nutritional, medical and educational needs were being met.

Sandy has worked as a recreation leader for Fairfax County’s Therapeutic Recreation Services for children, where her work included providing specialized instruction in art and sensory based therapeutic activities to children with varying intellectual and physical special needs and abilities. Sandy has practiced as an outpatient mental health clinician and mental health coordinator in community social service agencies where she provided individual counseling services for individuals of diverse race, ability, age, gender, spiritual and cultural identities. She has also facilitated daily therapeutic and psychoeducation groups for a partial hospitalization program in Fairfax County for individuals stepping down from inpatient psychiatric care as they re-enter their family and community environments. Her experience also includes providing mental health support in residential program settings for adult men recovering from substance use disorders and also for single young mothers and their children experiencing homelessness. Sandy is bilingual and has working proficiency in Korean as a second language.

Sandy is committed to lifelong learning, serving and teaching and recognizes the central importance of human relationships as a powerful vehicle for change. As a doctorate student, she is currently focusing on community care and counseling education with a specialization in traumatology. She is examining various systemic influences that contribute to the incidence of traumatic experiences and is passionate about reducing the stigmas that prevent individuals from freely accessing the mental health care and support that they need.