Grace Sanders, MSSW, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience providing psychotherapy and counseling services to a diverse population of clients with all kinds of concerns. Trained to utilize multiple therapeutic modalities, I can help individuals address long-standing maladaptive patterns of thinking and behaviors which lead to negative emotions like anxiety or depression and/or an overall feeling of being unfulfilled, unhealthy or stuck. Retraining these thought patterns leads to rediscovery of and nurturing positive aspects of self that can get buried away.

My goal is to listen and understand you as an individual and empower you through knowledge, genuineness, and connectivity. My intention is to work together to help you discover your own sense of well-being

My approach to psychotherapy

There are many emotions people experience when they seek psychotherapy and counseling services. Being open about difficult or traumatic experiences can feel scary and vulnerable. With this awareness, I provide a safe and relaxed environment for exploration and discussion.

While we can’t change difficult situations and experiences of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your current life through self-empowerment, effective communication skills, emotion regulation, mindfulness, and tolerance for negative emotions. Together we can create opportunities to maximize your capacity for peace and joy in order to appreciate the beauty which already exists in yourself and your life.

I believe we are each a work in process and by embracing a self-compassionate approach we can accept our lives as a journey full of opportunities for growth, love, and connection.

Educational History
  • University of Tennessee, Nashville: Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)
  • State University of New York, Albany: Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and English (BA)
Professional Affiliations
Specialities

I have particular skills and experience working with people marginalized due to their gender identity and/or sexual identity. I understand the lifelong challenges that society presents for LGBTQ individuals and the unique ways these issues play out in one’s self-acceptance, self-love, relationships with family and friends, and relationships with significant others.