Chrissy Sandman, Ph.D.

About Chrissy Sandman

Chrissy Sandman, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Associate (CA Registered Psychological Associate PSB94027679) working under the license and supervision of Nikki Rubin, Psy.D. (CA PSY30047). Dr. Sandman currently provides Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other 3rd wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CBT) to adults and adolescents.

She earned her B.A. from New York University, where she designed an individualized major “Emotion in the Mind-Body Problem” drawing from affective science, psychology, philosophy, and music, and also completed a minor in Child & Adolescent Mental Health. She obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a minor in Health Psychology from UCLA, where she trained in evidence-based psychotherapy and conducted research in the Anxiety and Depression Research Center. Her clinical and research interests include how language shapes emotion, positive emotion, and meaning making.

Dr. Sandman received training and supervision in ACT, DBT, and other mindfulness-based 3rd wave CBT approaches at the UCLA Psychology Clinic, Anxiety & Depression Research Center, and UCLA’s Innovative Treatment Network / Depression Grand Challenge. She completed her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at UCSB Counseling and Psychological Services where she provided short-term individual and group therapy for students struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, eating disorders, relationship concerns, and life transitions. She has also received training in interpersonal, humanistic, and expressive arts therapy approaches.

Her style is empathetic, attentive, non-judgmental, and collaborative. She seeks to create an affirming space where all parts of you are welcomed into the room that you wish to explore. Her goal is to help you develop greater understanding and compassion for yourself, which can build the foundation for making the changes you want toward a rich and meaningful life. She provides culturally responsive care, with particular interest in working with the queer community, artists, and creative individuals.