Diann Sanford, Psy.D
Dr. Diann Sanford holds a doctorate degree in psychology, with an emphasis on the clinical and applied aspects, a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in education. She says that many of her clients are seeking help with symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow, a licensed professional counselor, and says she has always had a fundamental interest in the field of psychology. “I am an integrative clinician,” she said, “I look at the whole person… heart, mind, body, and spirit… total wellness.”
With this type of holistic approach, Diann is reaching back to her roots; she was raised on a farm in Illinois. “My mom and dad grew plants; I help people grow” she states. Prior to attaining her graduate degrees, Diann taught in public school; there she worked with general education and special needs students. She transferred those skills to the business sector, where she developed teams and trained individuals; later Diann acquired her counseling hours by serving as an inpatient and outpatient therapist at a local behavioral health facility.
In therapy, Diann uses the principles of Positive Psychology, which measures the effects of gratitude and compassion on the body, along with Cognitive-Behavioral therapy. Often, she creates strengths-based interventions to fit the needs of her client. She works with a diverse population experiencing a wide range of conditions. Diann is a certified Gottman therapist and has specialized training in areas of high conflict and parental alienation; she currently conducts psychological assessments and psychological services under the supervision of Dr. Richard Connell.
Diann explains that she and her husband have grown children, and an ever-expanding family and friends, she adds “they make us smile.” She and her husband enjoy experiencing new things: hiking, skiing, golf, traveling, and exploring small Texas towns are just some of the things they do for fun.