Vanessa M. Sanford is a bilingual and bi-cultural therapist who has more than 17 years experience
working with families in crisis. Mrs. Sanford was awarded the 2007 Texas Mental Health Professional of the Year for
Child Advocacy Center's of Texas. Mrs. Sanford has been included in several educational films bringing awareness to child
abuse, including "The Little Voice" made by Texas Young Lawyers Association. Vanessa graduated with her Master's
of Science in Rehabilitations Counseling from the University of North Texas. Vanessa is licensed professional counselor/supervisor
specializing in trauma survivors of abuse, children of addicts (COA’s),high conflict divorce, anxiety, grief, eating
disorders, and includes their families through play therapy, individual, group, and family therapy in private practice, Support
System, PLLC located in Frisco, TX. Vanessa is on the Steering Committee of the Texas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.
Vanessa previously worked at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center offering therapy to sexual abuse victims and their
families. Mrs. Sanford also worked as a Children's Counselor at the Betty Ford Five Star Kids program working with kids
who are affected by their parent's addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Vanessa has experience working with Parkland Oncology
Unit as well as the Dallas Independent School District Youth and Family Centers Special Education students and their families.
Mrs. Sanford also worked as a Milieu Therapist at Children's Medical Center Inpatient Psychiatric Unit specializing in working
with eating disorders, emotional disturbance, and autism. Mrs. Sanford also was involved in research studies at the University
of Texas Southwestern Medical School involving high-risk adolescents.
Mrs. Sanford has spoken locally, statewide, and nationally on topics such as Drug Endangered Children,
Keeping your Kids Safe, Expert Testimony for Therapists, Animal Assisted Therapy, Therapeutic Interventions for Traumatized
Children, Children of Alcoholics/Addicts and Sexual abuse.