Alison Sands earned her MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston in 1986. She has worked at the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress since January 1991. She has experience working in evidence-based treatments with children, youth, family and adults. Alison also has experience in teaching and clinical supervision on various topics related to trauma and evidence based treatments.
Patient Care Philosophy:
When traumatic events happen, therapy is an opportunity for the client and the therapist to collaboratively use wisdom, gentleness, compassion and humor to rework the experiences, and change, or at least decrease the ongoing sense of hurt. Through the process of strategically revisiting the trauma memories, people develop skills for coping. They strengthen and build their pre-existing resilience. For children and youth, families are an integral part of the therapy process.