Hi, my name is Samantha! This is my first blog post. I am hoping to introduce you to a variety of strategies that might help in your day-to-day lives. First, however, I would like to introduce myself.
I have a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and I am a Maryland board licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC). Before becoming a therapist, I was a teacher for many years. I taught adult learners, and middle and high school students. I also worked on social and emotional learning with elementary school students who had behavioral issues. In addition to a mental health degree, I have a degree in business, so I understand the stress that a career (or lack thereof) can put on a person. I decided to earn my degree in mental health so that I could use my prior knowledge to help others.
Because of my previous education, and because of the training that I continue to do as a licensed counselor, I understand the social and emotional impacts of school and workplace stress. My goal is to help you find ways to make life more enjoyable. Sometimes that is about working through personal conflict, and other times it is about discovering something you love to do!
For example, outside of work I enjoy reading, photography, and traveling. But last spring I discovered that I can keep outside plants alive, and I ended up with a new love of landscaping and gardening. I am by no means an expert, but it feels good to nurture from seed to harvest – to watch something grow.
It can feel good to grow as a person as well, especially when you are struggling. I work with people who deal with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, ADHD, personality disorders, etc. Most often I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational or solution-focused approaches. If you or someone you know is struggling, give me a call or send me an email. I offer a free consultation, so you can decide if we are a good fit.
During the initial session, the client and I review their mental health history, work together to develop treatment goals, and create a path to progress. Most importantly, I listen to the client – they are growing through talk after all!