Dr. Sally Novak is a licensed clinical social worker and doctor of oriental medicine whose clinical orientation stems from an integrative and strengths-based approach.
Sally has 20 years of mental health experience. She spent a decade working for the Department of Defense, where she specialized in the evaluation and treatment of trauma and addictions. Her career has also included extensive work with children and families as well as private practice with adults and adolescents. She encourages her clients to uncover their personal resources and resiliency as they develop strategies for managing life’s difficulties, transitions, and transformations. Sally often tells clients, “I’m not here to fix you because you are not broken. I’m just here to help you turn the light on so that you can more clearly see the way
Through her extensive clinical experience, Sally has developed a deep understanding of how closely connected the physical, emotional, and spiritual experiences of pain can be. She recognizes that no single approach is right for every individual, and she draws from her training in a range of modalities including somatic and narrative approaches, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). In addition to her work as a psychotherapist, Sally also practices acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Columbia, Maryland, and is a registered Yoga teacher.
Summary of Training:
The University of Alabama, Master of Social Work – 2006
Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Intensive Training Program in Hypnosis – 2011
Hazelden, Professionals in Residence Program – 2012
The Institute for Advanced Psychotherapy Training and Education, Level I and II Certificates in Advanced
Trauma Treatment – 2014-2015
Life Power Yoga, Certified 200 Hour Yoga Teacher – 2016
Department of Behavioral Health Sciences U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School Joint Base
San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston, EMDR Certification – 2018
Kaufmann Cancer Center, Doctoral Externship – 2022
Maryland University of Integrative Health, Doctor of Oriental Medicine – 2023