Vanessa Sandford

  • Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT123973
  • Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, APCC9169
  • Trauma-informed Therapist
  • EMDR Practitioner
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)
About Vanessa

Welcome! I'm currently accepting new clients.

Hello and Welcome! I'm Vanessa and I am a trauma-informed therapist who specializes in working with Dissociative Disorders, Sexual Trauma and C-PTSD. I work extensively with Trauma related issues and the emotional pain endured from past traumatic experiences.

Are you ready to embrace a deep healing process? Have you experienced exhaustion with living life in old unhealthy patterns? I will walk with you down this path into exploring and processing through the core of your past trauma. Unresolved trauma often develops into low self-esteem, feelings of guilt, blame and shame, sleep issues, feeling overwhelmed, having triggers, struggling with depression or anxiety, and making it challenging to manage everyday tasks. I'm here to guide you into discovering the root of your trauma. Together in therapy, we will work to achieve empowerment, safety and strength, to sleep again, to have clarity, and achieve internal growth.

Clinical Specialization
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Cult/Ritual Abuse
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Complex PTSD
  • Anxiety and Depression

I tailor each client’s session to an individualized approach since each client’s process is unique. I welcome your struggles and am ready to work with you through your emotional pain. As a trauma-informed therapist, I believe it is important to help each client develop a sense of safety prior to diving into deep rooted pain. My hope is to make you feel safe, secure and trust that I can honor your healing process and be a witness in your healing journey.

I utilize a few consistent modalities for treatment. I utilize talk therapy, encouraging your voice to be heard. Many have not been able to have a voice and creating a safe space to have a voice can be healing. I utilize a somatic approach, focusing on teaching you how to connect with your body. Often in trauma, there is a disconnect from the mind and body. I also integrate “parts-work”, which comes from an Internal Family Systems approach. I believe there are no bad parts and we want to honor all parts. Additionally, I practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a form of therapy that helps individuals who suffer from different forms of trauma, ptsd, c-ptsd related symptoms.

Let’s face the fear together in a safe space. If you are ready to do deep trauma work, let’s connect! I'd be honored to walk with you on your path.

With much gratitude, Vanessa.

Clinical Experience

At Irimiya, Vanessa has worked with many trauma survivors. Specifically, she has developed a passion for helping individuals suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and Sexual Trauma (childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault and incest). She works predominately with adult sexual trauma survivors and dissociative disorders, which includes dissociation, attachment issues, trauma related symptoms, PTSD, depression, anxiety and with adults that have been impacted by other childhood trauma.

Prior to joining Irimiya Trauma Therapy, Inc., Vanessa worked extensively with survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Trauma. She facilitated many groups such as Parenting and Couples group, Thera-Play group, Transgender support group, Domestic Violence support group, Batterers Mandated group and Mandated Child Abuse Intervention group. In addition, she has worked with high-risk clients in a PHP and IOP setting with her clinical work focusing on crisis de-escalation.


Vanessa completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Antioch University. She completed a specialty with a concentration in Latinx Mental Health in her Master's program and has been practicing as a bilingual therapist since August 2019.

Antioch University, 2020

  • 2020, Masters in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Latinx Mental Health
  • 2018, Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Psychology

Supervised by Teresa R. Morales, M.S LMFT#114980

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Fees and Insurance

Effective November 1, 2022

Assessment - $140 for 50 minute session

Individual - $140 for 50 minute session

Couples - $150 for 55 minute session

Group - $40 for 60 minute group session

Insurances Accepted:

  • Cigna (Evernorth)