Sandra Abdullah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and the Clinical Director of Behavioral Health for Nevada Health Centers (NVHC). As the Director, Sandra is pleased to be leading the charge on integrated healthcare at NVHC, an approach that suggests everything going on with a patient — physical, mental and behavioral — is interconnected.
“Sometimes our biggest health challenges are difficult to see,” she explains. “In integrated healthcare, we’re helping our patients better understand that issues affecting their mental health could be affecting their physical health, and vice versa. For example, a person struggling with chronic pain could develop depression.”
As an LCSW, Sandra has more than 30 years of specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on problem-solving along with changing thoughts, feelings and behaviors that keep people stuck and unhealthy. She works with patients dealing with mood and behavioral problems such as depression, anxiety, anger and verbal and physical aggression, as well as difficult to manage life challenges such as grief, relationships, chronic illness and unresolved trauma.
Sandra asserts that patients who faithfully attend sessions and do the suggested homework assignments between sessions typically report feeling, thinking and doing better within just a few weeks of beginning therapy.
“You must be at the center of your own care. My job is to help you identify thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are keeping you from achieving this and living your best life.”