I am an accredited Family Mediator (certified by the Ontario Association for Family Mediation) and I assist separating couples to devise a workable Parenting Plan as part of their Separation Agreement that focuses on major decision-making (“custody”) and scheduled time with each parent (“access”).
I am a registered clinical psychologist based in the heart of Newmarket, Ontario, across from Southlake Regional Health Centre. I offer confidential psychological assessments and psychotherapy to individual adults, including seniors in my private clinic. I also provide public speaking and training to professionals and families on a variety of topics. I have been licensed since 1996, and I have worked in various hospital and private clinic settings for more than twenty years.
As an Elder Mediator, I assist the senior, their family and their treatment team to discuss and reach agreement about difficult matters such as choosing the right time for a move from home, making important medical decisions, end of life planning, personal care decisions, deciding who to appoint as Power of Attorney for finances and/or Personal Care, and other issues specific to the elderly.
As a Capacity Assessor designated by the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, I conduct assessments of Capacity to manage property and personal care, as well as provide opinions on capacity to make or change a Will and give or revoke Powers of Attorney.
I am pleased to provide information and/or educational seminars to professionals, families, and the general public regarding psychological, capacity, elder, and separation issues. I specialize in giving educational seminars to families and professional caregivers about the behavioural management of difficult behaviours and the psychological impact of caring for elders with dementia.
I received my Bachelor of Arts (B.A., 1989) and doctoral (Ph.D., 1995) degrees in clinical-counselling Psychology from York University in Toronto and my Master of Arts degree in Psychology (M.A., 1991) from Queen’s University in Kingston. I completed my clinical training at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (now CAMH) and Toronto East General and Orthopaedic Hospital (outpatient psychotherapy and geriatric units). Prior to my full-time private practice in Newmarket, I was employed as a Behavioural/Health Psychologist at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre where I provided services to geriatric veterans diagnosed with dementia. I also worked as a Behavioural/Health Psychologist at West Park Healthcare Centre where I worked with dementia, multiple sclerosis, amputee, tuberculosis, post-polio, and cardiovascular patients.
Dr. Sands provides services to adults and seniors. Her clients include: Veterans, police, First Nations, and the general public.
Separation & Family Mediation
Senior Issues & Elder Mediation
Behavioural Consultation & Education
Individual therapy can help you cope and learn how to live a healthier, happier life. If you are feeling overwhelmed with life’s competing pressures and demands, I can help.
Military & Police Personnel
Psychological treatment for Military & Police Personnel can be unique given the nature of these occupations/roles. Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, relationship stress, sleep disturbance and other difficulties are common.
Public Speaking & Training
I offer formal and informal talks to professionals and families or the general public on various topics, including Family Mediation, Psychological Therapy and much more.
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Senior Issues & Elder Mediation
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