Sandy  Muraoka

Sandy Muraoka

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for early morning, afternoon, and evening appointments in Providence practice (updated January 22, 2020)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Multicultural issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Aging
  • Women’s issues
  • International students mental health

Professional statement

Dr. Sandy Muraoka is a Clinical Psychologist at PVD Psychological Associates in Providence, RI. She specializes in helping clients navigate concerns surrounding life transitions, anxiety, depression, and aging. She also has an expertise in working with female clients for women’s issues ranging from early parenting pressures to gender-adjacent work stress.

Additionally, as a bilingual and bicultural therapist who emigrated from Cuba, Dr. Muraoka is personally familiar with the unique challenges of assimilation to a new country. She welcomes clients who have either undergone or are currently in the middle of such a cultural transition themselves.

Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Muraoka worked in a variety of settings, including student counseling centers and nursing homes. She draws upon her multifaceted expertise to tailor treatment that is based on each client’s unique personality and needs. Warm, down-to-earth, and always client-centered, Dr. Muraoka is excited to welcome you to her practice.


Message to clients

I view myself as an eclectic practitioner and incorporate techniques from various types of therapy to fulfill the needs of my clients. I recognize that everyone is unique and views reality through an individual lens, depending on life experiences. I work with clients to identify small, measurable goals that we can accomplish together. Therapy does not need to be long term or big picture, if you don’t want it to be, and my primary goal is to meet my clients where they are and help them accomplish what they are looking for at this point in time.

As a bilingual and bicultural therapist, I have a special interest in working with members of marginalized and oppressed groups to explore the intersectionality of ethnicity, gender, society, and socioeconomic class.

I focus on making clients feel comfortable and safe in revealing their true selves so they can discuss the changes they want to make in their lives. I am honored you are considering working with me and encourage you to please reach out with any questions you may have.


Specialties

Multicultural issues - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Aging - Coping with memory loss, loss of independence, and other physical and/or mental impacts of aging. May include support for family or caregivers and resource planning for changes in living situation

Women’s issues - Expertise in working with adult women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges and promote physical and mental health

International students mental health - Working with international students on topics such as transitioning from another country; managing symptoms of depression and anxiety; academic pressures, and others


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (45min)
  • Initial session: $250

Therapist's note

Sandy can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Providence practice

150 Lloyd Avenue

#1

Providence, RI 02906

Hours
  • Mon 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Fri 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

PVD Psychological Associates, Licensed Psychologist, 2020-Present
Inner You Counseling, Licensed Psychologist, 2017-2020
Medoptions, Licensed Psychologist, 2014-2015
Industrial Medicine Associates, Licensed Psychologist, 2013-2014
Memory Training Centers of America, Licensed Psychologist, 2013-2014
Chestnut Health Systems Employee, Licensed Psychologist 1998-2000
Illinois State University Counseling Center, Licensed Psychologist
1994-2000
University of Maine Counseling Center, Psychology Intern, 1993-1994
University of Nebraska, PhD, 1996


Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

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