I am licensed as a psychologist in independent practice by both Michigan, where I lived most of my life, and Ohio, where I now live. I also provide supervision for psychologists with a Master’s degree. For many years, I have helped people deal with the difficult emotions of anxiety, stress, frustration and anger, sadness and grief and sometimes depression, and who may experience occasional or constant difficulty communicating with each other. I have helped parent and child or adult child communicate better, siblings communicate better, and couples communicate better.
I believe that every person has value and that blame is toxic and is best avoided. I help people stop “beating themselves up.” I will not judge you. Rather, together we can explore ways to think differently about what is causing you distress and emotional pain, whether it is yourself, others, your environment, recent events, or all of the above. I have a humanistic philosophy and often use the tools offered by cognitive behavior therapy. I also find that teaching mindfulness and meditation helps many people. Learning to recognize and accept your emotions but using thinking rather than immediately acting on your emotions works better than burying them.
I promise to listen carefully and to respect you. I look forward to working with you.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Depression, Coping with life changes, ADHD, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Communication Problems, Intellectual Disability, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Visually Impaired
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy
OH Psychologist P.07655
MI Psychologist 6301001694
I am extremely grateful to Sandra for her patience and help.
Written on Oct 07, 2022 after therapy with Sandra for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and parenting issues
Working with Dr. McClennen was absolutely wonderful. I’ve tried therapy in the past but never felt safe enough to open up about my feelings. She not only created a safe place for me to talk but she also provided great encouragement, consistent follow-up and challenged my thinking in ways I really appreciate. Dr. McClennen helped me get through family issues, body issues, come to terms with my anxiety, professional issues and created a space for me to think through my internalized anti-Blackness. Can’t say enough positive things about her. Forever grateful for having the opportunity to work with her.
Written on Oct 29, 2020 after therapy with Sandra for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem
Dr. Sandi has been great in the sessions we've had so far. She engaged and responsive and most importantly she seems to genuinely care.
Written on Jul 27, 2020 after therapy with Sandra for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem