About Sandra Backovich, MA, MFT
I have been in private practice since 1987, receiving my Masters in Clinical Psychology from John F Kennedy University.
Previous to my beginning a private practice I worked as a drug counselor in the San Francisco City and County Jails, where my dedication to healing the effects of oppression and trauma began to form.
My therapeutic work is informed by the work of Diana Fosha, PhD, who is the developer of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, AEDP. With the completion of two years of Core Training in AEDP, I have securely attached myself to practicing this model of psychological transformation that roots itself in: 1) attachment theory; and 2) in the exploration of emotion as a vehicle for change. This work has effected my personal and professional growth and has provided me the gold standard for building deep and caring therapeutic connections, ways to foster emotional acceptance and the courage to allow myself to be seen and be authentic in my work and life.
For the past 26 years I have maintained a private practice in San Francisco and Berkeley, California. Fifteen years ago I adopted a child from Latin America, and three years later adopted another child from the foster care system. Raising these children has been part of the depth of my learning about individual adversity and attachment.
I am learning the art of dealing with frustration, managing big feelings, balance, and most of all...love.