SVPA President's Message




Corrine McIntosh Sako, Psy.D., LMFT

President



My name is Dr. Corrine McIntosh Sako and I am truly grateful to have the honor of serving as the incoming President of the Sacramento Valley Psychological Association for 2022! 


I am excited to bring my energy and passion for social justice to SVPA in a leadership role. I am also excited to work alongside such a knowledgeable, talented, and genuinely caring Board of Directors to represent the interests of SVPA members. I appreciate just how valuable one’s time and energy are and I am grateful that we have chosen to commit some of those valuable resources to this Board. Together, we will be working to help fulfill SVPA’s organizational goal: to promote the ethical and effective practice of psychology and the recognition of our discipline as a unique and independent profession devoted to human service. I am also looking forward to advancing the wonderful work of our immediate and former past presidents of building and developing a mental health community of support, kindness, and prosperity.


Born and raised in south Sacramento, ​I became licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2006 and opened my private practice that same year. I went on to earn my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in 2014 and became licensed as a Psychologist in 2019. I currently operate a private practice in the Arden area, where I help adults with a range of presenting issues, from situational stressors to severe mental health concerns. Additionally, I am an appointed member of the Sacramento County Mental Health Board where I serve as the Vice Chair and I volunteer with a number of local racial justice organizations to foster awareness of social injustices and to promote community solidarity.


I am motivated to ensure that SVPA - as a chapter affiliate organization of the American Psychological Association - is taking meaningful action that is congruent with the resolution APA approved in October 2021 to reaffirm its rejection of racism and racist ideologies and its commitment to dismantling racism in all forms, including within the discipline itself; to continue to work to identify psychology’s significant potential to dismantle racism in important systems and sectors of society; and to continue to advocate for policies that create a more equitable and inclusive society that honors the needs and well-being of people of color.


In addition to promoting inclusivity and behavioral health equity, my aim is to connect and collaborate with our Forensic division as well as other local professional organizations of allied health professionals (e.g., CAMFT, NASW-CA, Sacramento Valley Physicians, Sacramento Street Medics, etc.) to increase our networking opportunities. I look forward to hearing from SVPA members about what types of community events, continuing education topics, and networking opportunities you would like to see happen. Feel free to send your ideas to corrine@drcorrinemcintosh.com.


I am appreciative of those who have previously served as SVPA President, and I am excited to grow into the role. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity!  I am excited to work in the coming year to grow our efforts at promoting our profession and the public good of our community.



         


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