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Sandra Lessenden, MFT
(925) 933-3338
(510) 654-3299

2940 Camino Diablo, Suite #300
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Hello and welcome to my website. I am a local psychotherapist who has been in practice in Contra Costa County for 20 years – first in the San Ramon Valley and now in the Walnut Creek Lamorinda area.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself:The field of psychotherapy is so rich and dynamic that one must pursue advanced training in order to keep up. I am committed to my own growth and development as a therapist. Some of the advanced trainings I’ve pursued recently are Filial Therapy (a type of play therapy), EMDR parts 1 and 11, Gottman Couple’s Therapy, and Hypnotherapy. For 12 years I have pursued my studies with Maggie Phillips, PhD, a well known hypnotherapy teacher, and I am now in her advanced consultation group. I also took a workshop to develop this website!

I am originally from the Midwest, and before becoming a therapist at age 40, I was an art teacher. In Chicago I taught art in the Lab School at the University of Chicago, and after moving to California, I taught art for the Community Colleges. I still use art in my work whenever I can. I find it a very valuable tool, especially with children and adolescents. Personally, I am married with two adult children, two adult step-children and three grandchildren.

Please see below for my recent professional experience.


•  M.A. in Clinical Counseling, California State University at Hayward 1982
•  B.A., University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansass cum laude 1965


•  Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, California MK 24013 1988
•  State Teaching Credential, Adult


•  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, member
•  East Bay Chapter of CAMFT, member
•  American Association of Family Therapists of Northern California, Board member
•  The Psychotherapy Institute, member


•  Private practice in Walnut Creek/Lamorinda area since l994.
•  Intervention/Crisis Counselor at Walnut Creek Intermediate School
    from 1994 to 2007
•  Founder and Director of School Counseling Intern Training Program
    serving 8 schools in San Ramon Unified School District from 1988 to 1994.
•  Staff Therapist, SRV Discovery Center in Danville from 1988 to 1994.


•  Tips for Parents Parenting Brochures – My public interest brochures have
    been widely distributed in Contra Costa County. Topics include Drugs and
    Alcohol, Eating Disorders, Divorce, The Underachiever, Cyber Bullying and
    Internet Safety. I have also spoken widely on these topics. As Director of
    the SCIP Program, I was frequently interviewed by the Contra Costa Times
    on issues of child and adolescent mental health and parenting.

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