Welcome!! I’m excited you are considering me as your therapist, but more importantly, congratulations on being brave enough to ask for help! In counseling the key to any working therapeutic relationship, especially via the internet, is understanding who you are speaking with on the other side of the screen. So, here's a little about me! My name is Samantha and I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor. I’ve been a therapist for over 5 years and absolutely love what I do!! When I am not helping people such as yourself on Teen Counseling, I see clients in a private practice setting and I also work with teens in a juvenile detention center. My experiences in counseling have led me to work with children, teens, adults, couples and families. I love working with people of all ages to help them to find their passion in life, remove road blacks that are keeping them from being their best self, and learn to live a life they have always dreamed.
Teenagers!! Most teenagers are afraid to ask for help or feel forced into counseling by their parents. For both of these reasons, I find that working with teenagers can be unpredictable, yet exciting. The "teen years" are filled with so much growing and chaos it can be hard to navigate on your own. Whether dealing with messy break-ups, problems with your parents, friends coming and going in your life, and the inevitable hormones, being a teenager is exhausting. I've found in my experience with teenagers that most feel ignored or unheard. When working with teens I find that the best approach is to be open to listening, validate their experiences, and most importantly be honest. Whether I'm working with kids or adults, my focus is always on what is best for each individual client. As you will see below I utilize a variety of different modalities. Don't let that list deter you, if what we are doing in sessions isn't working, if my approach isn't meeting your needs, than I want to know about it so that I can make adjustments to fit your life, your needs. The therapeutic relationships is only effective if open and honest communication comes from both sides. I don't make promises during sessions except for one: I will always be straightforward and honest with you.
In counseling the modalities I most often use include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, stress management, mood management, anxiety reduction, and assertiveness training. My approach is generally solution-focused and strength-based, meaning that my overall goal is to empower you to explore all possible scenarios/solutions, discover what will empower you the best, and work towards accomplishing all of your goals.
If you have any questions, please ask me! I would love to work with you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Parenting issues
I also have experience in Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
LMHC #MH15249 (Expires: 2021-03-01)
Impressed with everything about her. She is guiding us through rough times
Samantha is amazing at understanding people. I think this entire process is allowing me to understand, especially having a 3rd party perspective!
She is so flexible with me that therapy does not seem like a burden. I have a busy schedule right now with irregularities and travel and when I need her she's there. The weekly/routine check-ins occur regardless of whether I respond so when things so down, it's nice to see the messages were sent. It's been great and much better than the previous therapy system I was using.
Samantha is wonderful. I was a little skeptical about counseling but she made me feel comfortable. She didn’t take sides as to what I was doing wrong or my partner. She’s straight forward and says exactly what’s needed.
Great counselor. Better than the therapist I was seeing in person and cheaper too. I've felt more confident and ready.
Samantha has been very helpful as we deal with my issues. She helps me to understand things from an outside perspective. I would recommend her.
Samantha is amazing and she truly cares about her clients. i appreciate her.
I feel like she has been helpful. She has really listened and understood my needs and where I’m coming from. Overall, I feel like she is a good counselor and does everything she can to help.
This has been a life changing experience for me.
Samantha has been a tremendous help to my daughter. In the few weeks that they have been working together, I have seen big improvements in my daughter. Small changes through this counseling have led to my daughter feeling better able to manage her life and I have seen improvements in school and her outlook. Thank you.
She is great!
I think she is great! I feel she really listens to me. She provides important advice that allows me to move at my own pace.
Samantha really reads all of my messages thoroughly and takes the time to answer them thoughfully and fully. While I have only emailed with her, I feel a strong connection to her as my counselor. I also feel that although she maintains professionalism throughout this process, I sense that she genuinely cares about me as a person and that is very important to me.