Registered Social Worker
Sandy is an MSW graduate of the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to her social work career, Sandy taught school in PEI and BC.
In her 20 years as a clinical social worker, Sandy has worked in various settings. She spent 10 years working with the Waterloo Region Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre, responding to acute cases of sexual and domestic violence. She worked in corrections for many years, has been a clinical investigator with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and has been faculty and coordinator of the applied counselling post-degree program at Conestoga College. She supervises BSW and MSW social work students through various universities and is a sessional lecturer with Renison School of Social Work. She provides workshops through Wilfrid Laurier University, Continuing Education, as well as through her own business.
Sandy’s is the owner of her private counselling practice in Kitchener. She is a certified Clinical Traumatologist and is trained in critical stress management and compassion fatigue/secondary traumatic stress. She facilitates critical debriefs in various settings, from hospitals to first responders, as well as various agencies. She provides education and training in workplaces across the country and works with individuals and families, both through various EAP programs, as well as a fee for service provider. All of her clinical work is through a trauma-informed lens. Sandy is passionate about first responder work and believes at her core that we must be intentional in helping the helpers to heal, recover and live fully.