Ernest Hemingway wrote ‘The world breaks everyone and afterward some are strong at the broken places.’ I believe in each person’s inherent strength and health. The problem could be that what worked when a person was under extreme stress has stopped working. In fact, that approach to coping might be more hurtful than helpful at this point. No shame in that! Together, we will work together to uncover your strengths, understand the influence people and situations have had on you and craft new ways of being. When I teach in graduate schools or workshops, I rarely use the word ‘client.’ Instead, I say ‘people I have been honored to work with.’”

I am a clinical social worker with almost 40 years of practice. My work has been in extreme settings: working with victims of sexual assault, youth offenders who are convicted of crimes against people, residential treatment and lock-up. Most recently, I became a military social worker. In Germany and Alaska, I worked with children whose parents were deployed to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In Japan, I worked with young adult service members and provided employee assistance counseling to the commanders on the base. I speak military. Insight Psychotherapy is my first experience with voluntary clients and I am thrilled to be part of the tribe
— Lynn


  • MSW 1976 University of Washington

  • B.A. in Urban Planning 1972 University of Washington

  • Center for Deployment Psychology Certification 2010 and 2014

  • Military Child Education Coalition Certification in "Living in the New Normal" and deployment cycle for families

  • PADI Rescue Diver Certification (in process)

  • 2002 Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Award for "Greatest Contribution to Social Work Practice Award"

  • 2010 Devereux Foundation Legacy of Caring Award


  • Sandford, L.T., Strong at the Broken Places: Building Resiliency in Survivors of Trauma, Random House, 1990; Avon Books 1992; NEARI Press 2005.

  • Sanford, L.T. and M.E. Donovan, Women and Self-Esteem: Understanding and Improving How we Think and Feel About Ourselves, Doubleday & Co. 1984; Viking/Penguin 1986.

  • Sanford, L.T., The Silent Children: A Parent's Guide to the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Doubleday & Co. 1980; McGraw-Hill, 1982.

  • Sanford, L.T. and A. Fetter, In Defense of Ourselves: A Rape Prevention Handbook, Doubleday &Co. 1978


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