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Dr Sally Phillips, PhD, LP

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Dr. Phillips earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Miami University, 2003. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Psychology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2003-2004. She is a Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota.

Areas of Practice include: Psychotherapy with adults, adolescents, and children (aged 6+). Insight oriented psychoanalytic therapy, short-term, problem focused therapy, adoption. Sally has extensive experience supporting transcultural adult adoptees.

Dr. Phillips has completed her master’s thesis and doctoral dissertation in the area of adoption and has graduated from the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certification (PACC) training at The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and former Board Member of MN ADOPT.

Philosophy of Practice:
“My theoretical orientation as a psychologist/therapist is based on attachment theory and psychoanalysis and existential/constructivist theories. I approach adoption from a blend of developmental, psychoanalytic, attachment, and family systems perspectives.

I view adoption as affecting the adoptee, adoptive parents, and birth parents throughout the life-cycle. The experience of loss and grief, and attachment disruptions have different impacts at different points in each member of the adoption triad’s life. They must be understood and dealt with sensitively.
Often times behavioral or emotional difficulties can be ameliorated through understanding and working-through the complexities of the adoption experience at various points in time, so that feelings can be understood, honored, and worked-through, rather than acted out.”

Sage Psychology, PLLC

Minneapolis, MN



Practice Location:
Treatment Modalities:
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Experiential Play Therapy
Neuropsychological Testing
Pre-Adoption Evaluations
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Psychological Testing
Sand Tray or Sand Play
Areas of Practice:
Adoption Identity (i.e., self-worth, self-esteem)
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Childhood Depression
Divorce / Co Parenting
Early Traumatic Experiences
Eating Disorders
Foster Care
Grief and Loss Related to Adoption
Kinship Families
Mood Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Open Adoption
Parent Coaching
Personality Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Psychotic Disorder
Search + Reunion
Sexual Abuse (Victim)
Suicidal Concerns
Transracial/Transcultural Families
Client Demographics:
Adult (Ad. Parent - Individual)
Adult (Adoptee)
Birth/First Parent/Family Work
Couples Work
Teen (13-18)
Young Adult (19-25)
PACC Graduate
Graduate of Permanency & Adoption Competency Certificate Program (PACC) through UMN’s Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare - More Info


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