About Sandy

Sandy Novak
Sandy Novak has 21 years in private psychotherapy practice in Boulder helping individuals, couples and families. She has 35 years of teaching experience, including eight years with middle and high school students and ten years as senior adjunct faculty in Counseling Psychology at Naropa University.

Sandy is currently a family educator, teaching workshops for couples and parents in the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong. She served on the Red Cross National Disaster Mental Health team in New Jersey after 9/11 helping families who lost loved ones at Ground Zero. Sandy founded the Satir Institute of the Rockies where she trains psychotherapists in Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy. She has authored several publications, including as a contributor to the new book, In Her Own Words: Virginia Satir, 1963-1983.

Recognized as an expert in her field, Sandy is a frequent presenter at international family therapy conferences. She presented a professional paper on the effects of trauma on a child's development at an Oxford University Round Table in July, 2005.


  • M.A. in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology, Naropa University, Boulder, 1997
  • Certificate in Family Therapy, Denver University Graduate School of Social Work, 1990
  • M.S. in Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1976
  • Satir Model Family Therapy Trainings through Avanta, the International Family Therapy Network, 1987, 1990
  • Certificate in Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution Therapy (SEP) through the Foundation for Human Enrichment, 1992
  • Training in BODYnamics Developmental Therapy through BODYnamics Institute, Denmark, 1994
  • Trainings in Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy through the Satir Institute of the Pacific, 1997-2004
  • Training in EMDR, 2001