Brief Biography: Roxanne Rae, MSW, LCSW, BCD, QMHP

• California License # LCS 7194
• Oregon License # L3807

I entered the social work field in the early 1970s. In 1973 I met Betty Russell, LCSW, BCD, and she has generously mentored me for many years. My MSW degree was awarded in 1977 and my California license in 1979. In 2005 I moved to Oregon and received my license from this state in 2006. My social work experience includes employment in hospitals and clinics, in non-profit and public agencies, and in private practice.

I am trained as a relationally-based psychotherapist, rooted in child development and object relations theories and I am well-grounded in systems theory. Since the 1990s I have added the lens of interpersonal neurobiology to my work. During my career I have extensively studied expressive arts therapies and somatically based interventions particularly focused on the treatment of trauma. The play therapy methods that I use are explored in my book, Sandtray: Playing to Heal, Recover and Grow. (My other writings on Sandtray and parenting topics are available to you on this website by clicking the "Articles" button.) Using these methods in conjunction with standard cognitive therapies exponentially increases a person's ability to synthesize and communicate ideas, resulting in a clearer ability to make healthy choices and take useful actions.

My underlying philosophy is based in Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism (SGI-USA). This philosophy's emphasis on the oneness of the universe with body, intellect, emotion, and spirit, and its promotion of personal empowerment, informs my professional life. All of the approaches I use are geared to aid people to learn about themselves and their environments toward becoming greater directors of their own lives.