Hours: Mon – Fri :8 AM – 8 PM | Sat: 8 AM – 4 PM
382 Thayer Street, Providence, RI 02906     |      111 Wayland Ave #1, Providence, RI 02906.

Fax: (401) 226 0137 | Contact@pvdpsych.com

Sandy Martinez Muraoka, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Pronouns: she/her/hers.

Meet Dr. Sandy Martinez Muraoka

I am a RI-based Clinical Psychologist providing teletherapy to adults located in RI and Florida. I provide therapy in English and Spanish to college students and adults of all ages. Although I am a generalist, my areas of interest and specialization include cultural identity concerns, minority stress, depression, anxiety, aging, women’s issues, and general stress management.

As a first-generation Cuban-American, political refugee, and first-generation college graduate, I enjoy working with members of marginalized and oppressed groups to explore the intersection of ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic class. As a parent to biracial children I am also sensitive to the challenges faced by mixed race individuals.

My Background

I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and completed my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Maine in Orono. I have worked in a variety of settings including student counseling centers, nursing homes, and private practice. I draw from my experiences in these diverse settings to create an individually tailored, holistic approach to work with each client.

My Approach & Philosophy

I am a culturally sensitive practitioner and incorporate techniques from various type of therapy including Mindfulness, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to fulfill the needs of my clients. I recognize that therapy is a time and financial commitment so my primary goal is to help clients accomplish what they are searching for at this time, whether that be long- or short-time work, symptom-focused, or insight oriented. I use a strengths-based approach to help clients discover their own abilities and to create a healthy balance in their lives. My clients describe me as a warm and supportive person who provides a validating, compassionate space for them to explore their lives. I believe that the most important aspect of therapy is the therapeutic relationship thus I focus on making clients feel comfortable so they can discuss the changes they want to make. Let’s collaborate to build a safe and brave space for you to explore your unique challenges and stressors. I am excited to work with you!