Dr. Sandy DixonHelping individuals and couples create lasting, meaningful change.
When I reflect on the work of therapy, I am reminded of the questions Mark Epstein – a psychiatrist and Buddhist – asked himself:
“What was getting in the way of my ability to be open, of my ability to communicate, of my presence in the here-and-now?
What was stopping me from being myself?”
This is the approach I try to adopt with my clients and the questions we address as we work together.
I am a licensed psychologist in the state of Massachusetts and I provide therapy to adults and couples.
I received my masters degree in 2003 and doctorate in clinical psychology in 2005 from Antioch University New England. I have trained at a variety of settings, including outpatient private practice, a veterans administrations medical center, an inpatient hospital, an urban community mental health center, and school environments.
Currently I am in private practice in Arlington, MA. In addition to providing therapy for individuals and couples, I work with the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, providing expert medical opinions and assessment for veteran and disability clients.
I have given lectures at the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, Harvard Law School, the Boston Bar Association, local hospitals, and clinics on veterans issues and trauma.
I am co-chair of the Program Committee of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation. I am a member of the American Psychological Association, and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.
About My Practice
My work with clients strives to address the needs and wishes of an individual or couple to create lasting, meaningful change. While I am trained in many modalities, I am particularly comfortable integrating trauma theories with psychodynamic theory. My overall philosophy of care focuses on helping people to achieve more satisfying lives by fostering an awareness of both the complexity of one’s self as well as its available resources. This understanding can lead to curiosity about the times in life when one may think, feel, or behave in contradictory, confusing, or self-defeating ways and ultimately to an increased understanding of what drives one to feel and behave in particular ways.
I am trained in numerous other methods of psychotherapy, including EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), sensorimotor psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and evidenced-based techniques and use these when specific clients and situations are best suited for them. I also interested in, and incorporate aspects of, Internal Family Systems (IFS) in my work.