Sandra Leal


About Me

Hello. I am a Licensed Social Worker and Licensed Addiction Counselor. I worked as a School Social Worker in Pawtucket RI. I was based at a Middle School but worked with students K-12, parents and staff in an inner city school for 17 years. The population was culturally diverse and presented with a multitude of issues. I also worked part-time as an Outpatient Therapist for 15 years and specialized in Trauma and Addictions. As a Social Worker for over 25 years I have worked with a variety of populations. I have worked with dually diagnosed, chronic mentally ill on a Mobile Treatment Team which I found rewarding and challenging. As a Therapist I have dealt with trauma, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, chronic guilt and shame, physical illness, stress and life changes.

My approach is empathetic and non-judgmental. I feel that humor and gratitude can be helpful dealing with life and day to day stress. I will challenge your thinking and coping strategies and feel it was a good session if you find yourself thinking about the session. I will assist you in setting goals and moving forward.


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Grief , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Career difficulties , Depression , Compassion fatigue , Abandonment , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 30

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Phone

  • Video


LICSW #RI ISW01090 (Expires: 2021-05-01)


Written by I.V. on Apr 15, 2021 after counseling with Sandra for 4 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Sandra is a wonderful counselor. My partner and I were having difficulties in our relationship and Sandra helped guide us through the rough patches. She is a great listener and provides very comprehensive feedback. 10/10 would recommend her for personal or relationship counseling. THANK YOU, Sandra!

Written by R.I. on Apr 05, 2021 after counseling with Sandra for 3 months on issues concerning relationship

Sandra has helped my fiancée and I overcome huge barriers within our relationship and helped strengthen our communication with one another.