Dr. Sanchez is a licensed psychologist in Maryland and California. She received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego, California and received her Bachelor of the Arts in Psychology (B.A.) at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.
Dr. Sanchez has over 16 years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, treating a broad range of clinical presentations and functioning. Her work in the community includes completing psychological evaluations and providing individual, couples, group, and family therapy. Dr. Sanchez has extensive experience treating incarcerated youth and adults, and their families. Dr. Sanchez has held several leadership positions within the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, including serving as the Clinical Director of a licensed psychiatric hospital and Chief Psychologist. She has supervised various healthcare disciplines including licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and doctoral level interns.
Dr. Sanchez’s down-to-earth style allows for her to connect with patients across the lifespan. She specializes in psychological treatment for depression, anxiety, transitional life issues, oppositional behavior in teens, stressors related to incarceration, trauma and abuse, and problems within relationships. Dr. Sanchez conceptualizes cases from a cognitive behavioral framework while incorporating modern psychodynamic theory and mindfulness techniques. Her approach to therapy starts with a psychological assessment to establish treatment planning and to determine a client’s readiness for change. She then empowers clients to healthier habits through collaborative goal setting and motivational interviewing. Providing psychoeducation is a key component of Dr. Sanchez’s treatment. She assists patients identify their specific patterns of maladaptive functioning and learn effective coping skills to better deal with their stressors.