Sandy Merriman-Miller

AMFT

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Hello, I’m Sandy Merriman-Miller!

Hello! My name is Sandy Merriman-Miller and I am an Associate Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (AMFT #121292) and Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC #177437 III). I have worked with kiddos aged 6-18 for about 10 years in various settings including intensive outpatient treatment centers and school-based settings, both as a counselor and as a teacher. I am originally from Orange County and I lived overseas for 9 years in Japan and Okinawa. I came back to California, settling in San Diego about 15 years ago. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Social Sciences with a specialization in Education from Ashford University. I taught all subjects to elementary and middle school kiddos in Escondido Unified School District. After years teaching, I wanted to make a greater impact in the lives of the kiddos I taught so I decided to go back to college and complete my Masters in Psychology with National University.

I have always loved working with kids and I am thrilled to be able to get this opportunity to work at Family Connections Therapy. I believe in empowering kiddos through therapy in order to help them have a voice and create amazing futures. Therapy is very individualized and there is no one size fits all model. I utilize various therapeutic modalities including Art Therapy, Psychodrama, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Child Trauma and Attachment and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy. I spent many years working as a counselor in the Substance Abuse field and have personally seen the end results to adverse childhood experiences that were never dealt with in childhood. It is my mission to help children while they are still young and able to play and be carefree. 

In my free time I love to workout, spend time with my own kiddos and fur babies, paint, kayak, surf, and spend as much time as possible on our beautiful coast.

My Areas of Focus

I am very proud to be given the opportunity to work hard to assist my clients with effecting the change they wish to see. My experience has included (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Conjoint Court Therapy
  • Positive Parenting Skills 
  • Attachment Issues
  • Parent-child issues
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Substance Abuse 
  • Domestic/Relational violence
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Social Skills
  • Mood Swings
  • Grief

To learn more about my areas of focus or to connect with us for treatment options, contact us today!