Dr. Sandra G. Coffman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist (Ohio P.07679; VA 0810007582). She trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and psychophysiology at the University of Southern California. Dr. Coffman developed a physiological model of Personality and Psychopathology that recognizes differences in reactivity and vigilance that guide effective diagnostic and treatment strategies. Dr. Coffman also integrates wisdom from diverse spiritual philosophies, including Buddhism (e.g., mindfulness, detachment, radical acceptance) and Native American medicine (i.e., plant, animal, and mineral).
Her clinical internship at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration hospital focused on health psychology (biofeedback, chronic pain, cardiac rehabilitation, inpatient medical/psychological issues), neuropsychological assessment, and inpatient and outpatient Schizophrenia and comorbid conditions (i.e., substance abuse). Dr. Coffman was awarded her doctorate in 1997; her post-doctoral training was in drug abuse research and treatment at the University of California, Los Angeles, Neuropsychiatric Institute.
Dr. Coffman identifies as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), which is also called 'Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS)' and 'differential susceptibility' in the animal-model research. Educating other HSP's about their gifts has become the focus of Dr. Coffman's private practice!