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Sandie Bershad is currently finishing her final year of a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. Sandie received her BA in Somatic Psychology and Psychology of Health and Healing from Naropa University. In addition to her educational background, Sandie is also a long-term student and practitioner of integrative energy healing arts, meditation, art, music, and movement therapies. She is a certified Reiki Practitioner, Vibrational Sound Healer and self-proclaimed empowerment advocate.
Sandie’s desire to join PTIC and continue her study of Synergetic Play Therapy was inspired by her own sensory related challenges as a child and her deep yearning to support children and their families on their journey towards greater self-regulation, resilience, and healing. Sandie has worked with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds in her private healing practice and is experienced in facilitating groups for children, adolescents, and adults alike. Most recently, she worked with I Have A Dream Foundation with 6th and 7th graders. There she was responsible for classroom management, tutoring, and facilitating weekly groups. In these groups she utilized mindfulness and meditation exercises, creative arts therapy techniques, somatic expressive techniques/movement exercises, and group exploration around self-regulation and self-esteem.
As a therapist, Sandie wishes to provide a window for each child to see themselves more fully as they move towards greater self-attachment, empowerment, and actualization of their unique selves and gifts in a challenging and beautiful world.[/text_block]