Dr. Sally McGregor is a post-doctoral fellow who joined Spectrum after completing her pre-doctoral internship with Colorado State University Health Network.
In terms of educational background, Sally completed both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Women and Gender studies, as well as her Masters of Counseling at Arizona State University. Sally ultimately obtained a doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) from the University of Denver (DU) in Colorado. She received specialized academic training in military psychology at DU.
During her time in graduate school, Sally’s clinical training experience was intensive and varied. In the midst of her masters education, Sally spent a summer in China interning with Shanghai United Family Hospital. There she created a program to address distress faced by parents of prematurely born babies. She subsequently completed a masters internship with La Frontera EMPACT’s Trauma Healing Services Department in Tempe, before venturing to Colorado. Sally went on to conduct therapy with inmates in the Denver County Jail system, military veterans in a specialized clinic, survivors of complex and intergenerational trauma with a non-profit, among other practicum experiences. Sally especially enjoyed working with many university students in training clinics and university counseling centers at ASU, CSU, University of Denver, and Regis University.
Sally specializes in working with clients 16 and older, and her highest priority is creating a non-judgmental, open-minded, and safe environment to share. Exploring childhood and family history is an important aspect of Sally’s understanding of people and conceptualization in therapy. She works collaboratively with clients to draw on their own inner strengths in the process of healing from the past and growing into the future. She is particularly adept at working with clients with a history of trauma. Sally enjoys exploring cross-cultural issues in therapy and believes that the various identities we carry – ethnic/racial background, nationality, religious orientation, gender, and sexual orientation, etc. impact who we are and how we operate in the world. Sally welcomes clients to bring their full selves into the room and makes space to explore each of these pieces that make up who you are.
Other populations Sally enjoys working with clients who identify as expatriates, immigrants, third culture kids, adult third culture kids, and global nomads. Sally herself identifies as an Adult Third Culture Kid.
Professionally, Sally is actively involved with the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the Colorado Psychological Association, and Families in Global Transition’s (FIGT) Counseling and Coaching Affiliate, FIGT is an organization dedicated to caring for internationally mobile families.