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Left to Right:  Little Bryce with mom Nicole, Sandy Poupeney, Nat (child) and Mason

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Sandy Poupeney, LCSW

Thanks for talking with us. Sandy, please tell us about your practice.

My practice includes working with individuals who are experiencing symptoms of PTSD and depression and/or anxiety, unresolved grief, chronic illness, and difficulty in both personal and professional relationships.  Most of my clients have experienced some kind of trauma and range in age from 3 to 83 years old. Also for 13 years now I have facilitated a weekly process group for women.  My current co-facilitator is Melissa Petersen MFT. 

January 2019



by Mother Teresa 

"We can not do great things in this world.

We can only do small things with

Great Love."

 (i.e. Time, Attention, Caring, Compassion and Atunement)

Family is very important to me.  I was married for 17 years and have been divorced for many more years than that.  I was not only a divorcee but also both a married parent for 5 years and a single parent. At the time, my two children Nicole and Dana were 5 and 3 years old. They are now in their mid to late 30’s.  Nicole is married to Nat and I have two delightful, humorous and very active little grandsons, Mason (4) and Bryce (2) who constantly touch my heart.  My son Dana lives here in Reno and is a helpful and caring son and a loving uncle.  My extended family includes a handful of life-long friends, going back to middle school, as well as college friends, all of whom I see regularly, and my beloved colleagues, some who have grown up with me in the profession and others who are newer but no less dearer.

Career Influences have been varied. Working with children who had been neglected or abused profoundly affected my understanding of how trauma impacts a person’s life.  At that time, foster children were diagnosed with ADD at astounding rates, when in fact, many of those children were actually experiencing symptoms of PTSD. Later in my career when I was working at Truckee Meadow’s Hospital, I noticed that most of the inpatients who were diagnosed with Depression and Anxiety and who were hospitalized with thoughts of suicide had also experienced trauma and/or neglect at some time in their lives.  That’s when I began to focus my career on learning ways to ameliorate the effects of trauma. It warms my heart to know that we have come from no understanding of the effects of trauma to the new emphasis on “Trauma Informed Care.”

For me, learning how to use EMDR was a pivotal point in my career.  

What has influenced the direction of your career? 

It's not every day we get to hear about our colleague's personal life. Would you care to share something with the MHPC audience?.