BA Social Work - Wichita State University
MSW - University of Iowa
Licensed Independent Social Worker - IA

Clinical Member Am. Assn. of Marriage & Family Therapists

SPECIALTIES: Individual Adults and Couples

Sandra Risch LISW

Licensed Independent Social Worker


Get to know...

 "I have been married for 34 years, have a daughter and two granddaughters.
     I have over 40 years of experience in a variety of settings.
     My approach is to help others reach their own full potential regardless of what problems or obstacle faces them.
     I use a holistic approach that touches on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of each person.
     I use drama, storytelling, humor, and play interspersed in the sessions along with traditional therapy methods."


Q: Why are you a professional helper?

A: Helping has been my profession for almost 50 years so it has become not just a profession but my identity as a person.  In high school I thought I would become a nurse because that was my grandmother's profession and her gift.  My mother wanted me to go to a foreign mission field but Social Work got my attention instead.  It felt like a niche; a place where I belonged.  


Q: What is your area of specialty or with whom do you like to work with the most?

A: As a member of AAMFT I consider myself a specialist in working with couples.  This can be in a variety of circumstances;  couples in trouble,  considering divorce, already divorced working out co-parenting plans, premarital couples, and  same sex relationships to name a few. I am also well experienced in working with people with "non substance" addictions.  These include codependency,  gambling,  sex addiction,  spending, hoarding,  and food addiction. 

Q: If not a Social Worker, what would you like to be?

A: I would want to be a travel agent or a concierge at a grand hotel.  Again I see these as helpers.  And if that could be mixed with my love of travel and exploring new places,  that could be ideal. 

Q: What is the best Social Work-oriented quote you know?

A: Social Work is the Art of Listening and the Science of Hope  

Q: What sets you apart from other professionals?

A: I am not only a clinical Social Worker but also a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.  This certificate required additional graduate training and two years of supervised practice.