Dr. Sabina Grosse, Psy.D, opened her private practice in El Dorado Hills in 2007, where she uses what she calls her “soft, intuitive” skills.
The other side of her practice is forensic psychology, in which she uses her pragmatic and logical capacity. Forensic psychology is the field that is used in the criminal justice system. Grosse provides individual and group psychological services to mentally ill inmates at the California State Prison in Folsom.
Grosse said she thinks her background working as a nurse at Sutter Hospital for 12 years adds to her understanding and ability to interact with clients as a therapist in both approaches.
She was born in Munich, Germany, and came to the United States when she was 19. She received her training as a psychologist at the Professional School of Psychology at Sacramento. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, American Counseling Association and California Association of Forensic Psychologists.
In addition to forensic and clinical psychology, her professional interests are adult attachment disorders, custody evaluations, psychological assessments, chronic illnesses and eating disorders. When appropriate, she refers clients to psychiatrists for evaluation and medication.
Grosse had 10 foster children, and has two sons of her own, one a senior at Oak Ridge High School and one in sixth grade at Rolling Hills Middle School.
She said she finds working with young people 12 and older rewarding. She does crisis counseling and relationship counseling with them. Grosse explained that her non-judgmental role eases anxiety young people have in discussing their problems with adults. Building rapport helps them see the way out of their difficulties.
As a forensic practitioner, Grosse does psychological evaluations for the court in matters of custody disputes, competency hearings and psychological evaluations. She often serves as an expert witness in El Dorado County Superior Court.
In her private practice she is called Dr. Sabina. In addition to her formal training, she uses intuition, meditation and Chinese energy teachings. She said she’s able to teach her clients the art of relaxation through meditation to help them discover how to find balance in their lives.
“Outside of cases of severe mental illness that require medication, many fears, insecurities and depressive features can be approached by teaching the client to use their natural energies and senses to balance their emotions and find more clarity in their lives,” Grosse explained.
The two types of practice provide a good balance for Grosse. “I feel a deep sense of satisfaction to be able to use both approaches that I am passionate about in my daily work,” she said.
To contact Dr. Sabina Grosse e-mail [email protected].