Dr. Sandra Peace, PSY.D
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Clinical Psychology | Female

Care Philosophy

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. I utilize an integrated approach to wellbeing that takes into consideration the relationship between the body, mind, social context, and the authentic self. I utilize a wide range of therapeutic techniques including CBT, solution focused, somatic, mindfulness, psychodynamic, relational, and feminist/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.

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Biography

Dr. Sandy Peace began her psychology training with a year-long course exploring issues of power and privilege through a multicultural lens. Her first practicum as an ethnographer at a co-ed residential drug and alcohol treatment center in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury, honed her ability to enter into new communities, analyze systemic and interpersonal dynamics of power and privilege, and advocate for change promoting social justice.

During her clinical training at The Pacific Center in Berkeley, one of the nation's first LGBT Community Centers, Dr. Peace gained knowledge and competency working with the challenges faced by the LGBT community – sexual orientation identity development, gender affirmation change process, and relationships – as well as healing sexual trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, living with HIV/AIDS, intimate partner violence, and personality disorders.

Dr. Peace switched her focus to University Counseling working at Sonoma State and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. There she expanded her clinical competence to include treating panic attacks, specific phobias, stage of life transitions, school/work/life balance, and personal exploration. She particularly enjoyed working with first generation college students, second generation immigrants, returning/ transfer students, and international students. She started the first LGBTQQI Drop in Support Group at SSU. At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she was the catalyst for the formation of the LGBT Faculty Staff Association, started the first LGBT Process Group, and was the counseling center's liaison to the Pride Center who named her the 2014 Faculty Ally of the Year. 

Dr. Peace is a trained sex educator, provides trainings for mental health professionals on working with polyamorous clients, facilitates polyamory support/discussion groups, and presented her doctoral dissertation research – "Toward a Model of Polyamorous Identity Development" – at the first International Academic Polyamory Conference at U.C. Berkeley in 2012. Dr. Peace is a community organizer in the bisexual and polyamorous communities in Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo.

Dr. Peace grew up in rural Minnesota, and is a first generation college student. While at Carleton College, she traveled to France for a study abroad language program. She fell in love with Spanish language and Latin American culture, food, and music during her travels in Mexico and Central America. Dr. Peace values cultural diversity, is committed to helping people live authentic lives, and is aware of how dominant cultural norms often impede that process.

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Dr. Sandy Peace began her psychology training with a year-long course exploring issues of power and privilege through a multicultural lens. Her first practicum as an ethnographer at a co-ed residential drug and alcohol treatment center in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury, honed her ability to enter into new communities, analyze systemic and interpersonal dynamics of power and privilege, and advocate for change promoting social justice.

During her clinical training at The Pacific Center in Berkeley, one of the nation's first LGBT Community Centers, Dr. Peace gained knowledge and competency working with the challenges faced by the LGBT community – sexual orientation identity development, gender affirmation change process, and relationships – as well as healing sexual trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, living with HIV/AIDS, intimate partner violence, and personality disorders.

Dr. Peace switched her focus to University Counseling working at Sonoma State and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. There she expanded her clinical competence to include treating panic attacks, specific phobias, stage of life transitions, school/work/life balance, and personal exploration. She particularly enjoyed working with first generation college students, second generation immigrants, returning/ transfer students, and international students. She started the first LGBTQQI Drop in Support Group at SSU. At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she was the catalyst for the formation of the LGBT Faculty Staff Association, started the first LGBT Process Group, and was the counseling center's liaison to the Pride Center who named her the 2014 Faculty Ally of the Year. 

Dr. Peace is a trained sex educator, provides trainings for mental health professionals on working with polyamorous clients, facilitates polyamory support/discussion groups, and presented her doctoral dissertation research – "Toward a Model of Polyamorous Identity Development" – at the first International Academic Polyamory Conference at U.C. Berkeley in 2012. Dr. Peace is a community organizer in the bisexual and polyamorous communities in Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo.

Dr. Peace grew up in rural Minnesota, and is a first generation college student. While at Carleton College, she traveled to France for a study abroad language program. She fell in love with Spanish language and Latin American culture, food, and music during her travels in Mexico and Central America. Dr. Peace values cultural diversity, is committed to helping people live authentic lives, and is aware of how dominant cultural norms often impede that process.

Dr. Peace's Care Philosophy

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. I utilize an integrated approach to wellbeing that takes into consideration the relationship between the body, mind, social context, and the authentic self. I utilize a wide range of therapeutic techniques including CBT, solution focused, somatic, mindfulness, psychodynamic, relational, and feminist/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.

Dr. Peace says...

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.

Dr. Peace says...

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.

Dr. Peace says...

Thank you for providing your feedback that will be shared with others. 

I am constantly learning and improving my skills as a therapist to benefit my clients' health and well-being. I value your insights, knowing what you found helpful, and areas for growth.

As a reminder, the psychological services provided are confidential (with exceptions for danger to self or others.) I respect and maintain your confidentiality; the choice to let others know you have sought my professional services is your decision to make.

Dr. Peace's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Specializes in Clinical Psychology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for California.

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  • 0
    Sanctions

    No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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Conditions Treated

  • Addiction
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Attack
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Cyclothymia (Chronic Mood Disorder)
  • Depression
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Depressive Episode
  • Disordered Eating
  • Disorders Related to Physical and Sexual Abuse
  • Dysthymia (Chronic Depression)
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief
  • Marijuana Addiction
  • Marriage Break-Up
  • Mood and Adjustment Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Attack
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psycho-Reactive Insomnia
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexual Desire Disorders
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Stress
  • Workplace Depression

Education

  • Medical School
    John F. Kennedy University

    Graduated in 2012

  • Internship Hospital
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Counseling Services

    Completed in 2012

  • Residency Hospital
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Counseling Services

    Completed in 2014

  • Undergraduate School
    Carleton College

    Graduated in 1998

  • Other Education
    San Francisco Sex Information

    Completed in 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Addiction Psychology
  • Adult Clinical Psychology
  • Adult Psychology
  • Affect Disorders
  • Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology
  • Counseling
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Psychological Trauma
  • Psychology
  • Psychology Education
  • Women's Health Psychology

Procedures Performed

  • Adolescent Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Counseling Services
  • Counseling for Gay and-or Lesbian Individuals
  • Couples Therapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Marital Counseling
  • Marital Therapy
  • Mind-Body Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness Technique Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Psychotherapy Services
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Stress Management