A: It may sound cliche, but I believe that therapy chose me. I had several ideas of different career paths growing up, but somehow I ended up as a therapist. Everyone is struggling in some way or another. What we need most, when we are going through difficulties, is someone who will truly listen and provide us with unconditional support and care. I know how powerful it can be to have someone there to provide encouragement and support in the toughest and darkest of times. I want to be able to walk alongside people in their journey of self-discovery, exploration and healing. I feel honored every time someone chooses me to be their therapist.
Q: What kind of clients do you like working with most?
A: I have worked with a variety of clients throughout my career and I tend to connect with young adult females. As a female who experiences every day struggles, including life transitions, insecurities and high anxiety, I can relate to females who are going through similar experiences. I also really enjoy working with teenagers. I did not have a clue about therapy when I was a teenager. As an adult, I have learned to cope with and manage my mental health. Sometimes I wonder how my teenage years could have been different if I knew more about mental health then. I often tell my teenage clients that they are several steps ahead of their peers because they are accessing counseling and are learning healthy ways to deal with their current struggles. This also betters then later on in life.
Q: What keeps you engaged in your profession?
A: My clients. My clients are strong, unique and amazing individuals. I learn so much about life and living from my clients. Every one of my clients comes to the session because they are invested in taking care of themselves. They may not know it at the time, but they are dedicating that time to bettering themselves. That alone is progress.
Q: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A: A great book and Cameron’s coffee. Technically I am still in bed when I am reading, but I love to stay curled up in bed in the morning and read before I get my day started. I make my coffee every day with my beautiful, shiny, well-worn, red French Press. If you have not had the pleasure of tasting coffee brewed from a French Press, you are definitely missing out. Ask me about books. I have several great recommendations.
Q: What is your favorite breakfast item/vegetable/meal?
A: I love, love, love fruits and vegetables. I crave beet salads especially with extra goat cheese. Edina Grill has the most delicious brussel sprout appetizer with goat cheese, honey and almonds. I love how crispy the sprouts are. The goat cheese is warm and delicious and my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I will crave these brussel sprouts for an entire week and the craving never leaves until I satisfy it. As you can tell, I am a huge fan of goat cheese. Trader Joe’s sells blueberry goat cheese and I will eat this straight out of the package with a spoon. I also love chocolate. I am certain that I eat chocolate every day. Dark chocolate is my favorite, but I will eat anything chocolate that is put in front of my face or just happens to be laying around the office tempting me. Mmmm... chocolate!
Q: How do you celebrate living in your body?
A: I enjoy spending time outside. When the weather is nice, I take my dog for long walks or go on hikes. I also really enjoy traveling and I try to take a couple of trips out of country each year. There is so much to explore in this world and I can’t imagine a life without travel. Learning is very important to me and I like to take classes, workshops, read, etc. I often feel amazed by all of the resources for learning and how much there is out there to learn about.
Samantha specializes in counseling individuals who are feeling down, stressed, worried, insecure and disconnected from others. Her services include individual therapy for teens and young adults, parent coaching, and family therapy. Schedule a therapy session with her and learn how to have a healthy relationship with yourself and others, while being supported your journey of personal empowerment and self-discovery!