Resident in Counseling
Samantha can be reached at (703) 957-0350 or
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” – Rumi
Life is indeed a journey! Each of us has a vast internal world with many paths to traverse, tour and be amazed by!
Often times, we aren’t aware of how much there is to discover until we are struggling with a transition, feeling overwhelmed or stuck by present day challenges or previous traumas. As a therapist, I consider myself a fellow traveler with clients. I offer a safe, open and compassionate space as the departure point of exploring the landscape of your interior life. I am a warm, engaged, non-judgmental and creative therapist with a curious stance.
To be human is to need safe connections.
As most emotional suffering originates in relationships, it is not surprising then that a healing relationship with a therapist goes a long way to offering relief. It’s hard to make changes alone, or to think your way out of habitual patterns of relating to yourself and others. Positive change can happen in the context of a genuine and open connection. I will support you to sort through your relationships, past and present, and understand how you have been shaped by them so that you may live more freely.
Sometimes we find ourselves reacting in ways we don’t understand, feeling numb or having crippling insecurity or self-doubt. We all have moments in our lives when we need support. Maybe you are hoping for insight into how to be more balanced and engaged in your life or want to move down a path of well-being. Our time together can focus on specific shorter-term objectives or move deeper, to discover the underlying patterns that inhibit change or growth so that you can live with relaxed effort and move through future challenges as they come.
I enjoy working with adolescents, adults, couples and families from all backgrounds.
Education, Credentials & Memberships
- Resident in Counseling working toward my license as a Licensed Professional Counselor and practicing under the supervision of Steffanie Kelshaw, LPC, CSAC.
- Master’s degree in Counseling from St. Edward’s University
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level I
- Completed “Current Approaches to the Treatment of Trauma: Shift from Cognition to Affect Regulation”
- Completed “Enlighted Relationships: Psychoanalysis and Buddhism Meet in Person”
- Professional memberships include Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counselors (NVLPC), The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy
- My approach to therapy is integrative, humanistic, client-centered and founded on evidence-based practices such as CBT, Mindfulness, Attachment-Based and Trauma-Informed modalities.
More about me:
- I live in Leesburg with my husband, daughter, and Goldendoodle.
- In my free time I enjoy exploring color through painting, pastels, interior and graphic design. I also enjoy relaxing at the beach, hiking with my dog, and watching independent and foreign movies.