she / her / hers
Gender Identity & Sexuality
Relationship Identity (& Various Relationship Types)
Trauma & PTSD
Addiction & Substance Abuse
Training / Speaking
United Healthcare / Optum
Sam completed her academic and clinical training at the University of Pittsburgh, and earned her Master's of Social Work degree with a focus on clinical social work and direct practice mental health. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has over a decade of experience working in the private, public and non-profit sectors.
Sam is especially interested in working with individuals struggling with LGBTQIA+-related issues, including but certainly not limited to: gender identity, sexuality, and various relationship types (open relationships, polyamory, consensual nonmonogamy, etc.).
During her grad school internship, she began working in the drug and alcohol field and immediately fell in love. She has worked in nearly every clinical level of care in the field of addiction and recovery. When her little brother died of an overdose, this passion for helping families and those struggling with addiction grew even more.
When she began working at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a therapist in their 6-month residential rehabilitation program with Veterans dually diagnosed with substance use disorders and PTSD, she also then fell in love with trauma work. Many clinicians are very uncomfortable with treating trauma--it's scary and intense and intimidating. But when she became trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, saw first hand that PTSD is a highly treatable condition, and noticed that people actually felt RELIEF, she was hooked.
"Clients have told me that I approach things with 'fierce honesty wrapped up in a nice little package.'
What that means is this: I am authentic in all that I do, and I will always work just as hard as you—alongside you. I do you a disservice if I don't share my honest observations with you. My real approach comes from my sincere passion for helping others learn how to live their lives to their fullest potential and feel as though they've finally arrived.
I’m not here to help you maintain your symptoms—I’m here to help you kick them to the curb. My job is to help you get the most you can out of treatment, and I am energized by people who are ready to take the steps (even if it's baby steps!) to make a positive change. I will dive right in with you to help you deal with the tough stuff.
I have an eclectic approach to therapy that often doesn’t feel like “therapy” at all. I welcome you to bring your coffee (or tea, if that’s your gig, like mine!), throw your feet up, and chat with me.
You cannot shock me at this point, but I challenge you to try. Know that I welcome you into my space without judgement, and that I am honored to be part of your journey."
I have had many individuals sit across from me and let me bear witness to their struggles and their deepest pain. I have been so fortunate to have been a part of their journey to recovery and wellness.
I truly love what I do."
training & speaking
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When she isn't at Open Space CCW, you may also find her...
"Pulling over on the side of the road to pick up a piece of furniture to repurpose!"
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