Sally came to therapeutic practice after 25 years of mothering her own five, two of whom were adopted during 11 years living in Kenya. Having first adopted when Kenya was beginning to open to foreign adoption, Sally mentored many other adoptive parents and has continued to come alongside others since returning to the U.S. in 2010.
Sally's adoptive and international history give her a passion for assisting children from hard places. She enjoys helping them and their families find healing and joy in their lives. She also helps families recognize how their cultural backgrounds create their beautifully unique stories.
In addition to focusing adoptive families, Sally has experience with transracial and cross-cultural relationships; divorced and blended families; family reunification; developmental, physical and learning disabilities; behavioral challenges; homelessness; grief; abuse; and depression and anxiety.
Having worked several years in schools and with those who are developmentally or differently abled, Sally is well-versed in IEP processes and experienced with educational advocacy. Sally understands the many practical and relational issues presenting themselves in school, home and community. She works collaboratively with parents since they know their children better than anyone. She seeks to draw on all of a person's strengths in body, mind, and spirit.
Sally's approaches are strength-based from a Family Systems perspective, utilizing Trust-Based Relational Intervention , Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Life Story Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Social Thinking, and Collaborative Problem Solving.
Sally holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of New England and a Certificate of Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families from Portland State University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and upholds its Code of Ethics.