Clinical Social Worker
Hello! My name is Sazi Wald, I use They/Them pronouns and I am a Counselor in Olympia Washington. I got my Master of Social Work from the University of Washington in Seattle and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Independent #LW61407723 which just means that I am trained and licensed to provide mental health therapy in the State of Washington! Additionally, I have special training to treat substance use challenges and special licensure to practice hypnotherapy along with extensive expertise treating trauma, anxiety, and working with transgender folx and transition age youth/early adulthood (ages 16-25 and 25-40).
Since youth I have devoted my life to helping others. This calling led me to the study of psychological sciences and over a decade of potent experience in diverse positions within direct practice at community mental health and school organizations, clinical research, and facilitate system change at policy and governmental levels.
As a counselor I am committed to the well-being of all my patients and use a radical healing, whole-person-in-environment approach with an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens. I am a poly and kink affirming, trans-affirming, LGBTQIA+ affirming, sex work affirming, and a spiritual affirming practitioner! I believe that together we can accomplish sustainable healing.
In session we can utilize individualized evidence-based strategies to help you enhance your well-being, such as: Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Activation, Mindfulness, Art Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, and Body Mind Bridge Hypnotherapy treatments.
My style is energetic, insight oriented, and leans directive. So, I will be an active participant in session. I am a passionate nerd so, fair warning you might learn a lot about yourself in the context of science and philosophy. Seeing that humor is incredibly therapeutic and helpful to learning, you may also hear some terrible jokes along the recovery pathway. There is no shortage of laughter, tears, exploration, and creativity in my office!
I look forward to meeting you. Please feel free to reach out anytime!
PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS, AND FEATURES
PRESENTATION: LGBTQ+ AFFIRMING CARE
Presenting to clinicians at the Washington State Co-Occuring disorders conference on how to provider gender and LGBTQ+ affirming care.
January and May 2022
PRESENTATION: RADICAL SELF-CARE
Presented to clinicians with the Washington State Clinical Social Work Society on preventing burn out.
July 22, 2021
PRESENTATION: SYSTEM COLLABORATION TO DISCHARGE YOUTH WITH BEHAVIORAL HEALTH NEEDS INTO SAFE AND STABLE HOUSING
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: Centering Youth Leadership in Rural Youth Homeless Response. Region 10. Presenting with a Washington panel on my specialty being systems response to support behavioral health care for youth experiencing homelessness.
PUBLICATION: DUAL STUDY DESCRIBING PATIENT-DRIVEN HARM REDUCTION GOAL-SETTING AMONG PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND ALCOHOL USE DISORDER.
Fentress, T. S. P., Wald, S., Brah, A., Leemon, G., Reyes, R., Alkhamees, F., Kramer, M., Taylor, E. M., Wildhood, M., Frohe, T., Duncan, M. H., Clifasefi, S. L., & Collins, S. E. (2021). Dual study describing patient-driven harm reduction goal-setting among people experiencing homelessness and alcohol use disorder. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 29(3), 261–271. https://doi.org/10.1037/pha0000470
PUBLICATION: SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE TRANSITION TO STABLE HOUSING FOR YOUTH AGES 16-25.
Wald, S., & Washington State Health Care Authority. (2021). Safe and supportive transition to stable housing for youth ages 16-25. https://www.hca.wa.gov/assets/program/safe-and-supportive-transition-for-stable-housing-for-transistion-aged-youth-20210701.pdf
FEATURE: ANOTHER CUP OF TEA WITH SAZI WALD
Glennon, H. (April 7, 2021). Another Cup of Tea with Sazi Wald—Owner of Sunflower Mental Health. Retrieved July 16, 2021, from https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-pijza-fff1f5?utm_campaign=au_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=au_share
A deeper dive into trauma in behavioral health and accessing services.
FEATURE: A CUP OF TEA WITH SAZI WALD
Glennon, H. (March 3, 2021). A Cup of Tea with Sazi Wald, owner of Sunflower Mental Health. Retrieved July 16, 2021, from https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ivx28-fc7369?fbclid=IwAR1p8mABy3th2ARwyKC7a8eIHmghMalIZ6Dmf-nFN7Pcltpyek3u84v8Jp0
An overview of trauma and it's treatment.
PRESENTATION: DEFINING HARM-REDUCTION GOALS AMONG HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS WITH ALCOHOL USE DISORDER.
Wald, S. L., Reyes, R., Fentress, T., Wildhood, M., Taylor, E. M., Collins, S. E. (2019, May). Defining harm-reduction goals among homeless individuals with alcohol use disorder. Poster session presented at the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium, Seattle, WA.
WORKGROUPS AND ACTIVITIES
Just the most recent activity
ACTIVITIES: ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Promising practice from a collaboration between Stanford University and University of Washington. PI: Dr. Won-Fong Lau Johnson.
Trauma and Racism Addressed by Navigating Systemic Forms of Oppression with Resilience Methods (TRANSFORM). An anti-racist group-based intervention for youth designed to address and heal racial trauma.
Washington State Interagency Workgroup of Youth Homelessness. A state-wide workgroup on ending youth homelessness.
Senate Substitute Bill 6560 Core Team. Ensuring that recommendations from the SSB 6560 report are completed.
Washington State Health Care Authority's Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery Diversity Equity and Inclusion Workgroup. Improving policy and practice within DBHR.
UW School of Social Work, Inclusive Education Committee.
Collaborated with faculty, staff, and students to create an equitable learning environment that embraces the SSW community and best practices.