Hi, I'm Sam and I look forward to helping you gain insights, get curious, and grow into your most courageous and confident self.
Associate Professional Counselor in Cedar Park, TX
Supervised by Dr. Kyle Miller, PhD, LPC-S #10345
I specialize in working with clients who have experienced childhood sexual assault, domestic violence in dating/marital relationships, and sex trafficking. My goal is to help these clients heal from their past trauma, rediscover their power to define their authentic selves, and find ways to advocate for their futures with dignity and strength.
I specialize in anxiety issues related to relational trauma (friendship, dating, marriage) or family conflict. This could be communication issues or constant arguing, distancing in relationship, or high tension in the family home. Our stress responses (fight, flight, freeze) can become chronic which shows up in how we relate to others. I strive to help my clients identifying these patterns in themselves and others as they work toward growth and self-differentiation.
I specialize in working with clients who have experienced spiritual abuse or religious trauma at the hands of their church communities, ministry leaders, and/or fellow believers. My speciality in this area is specifically related to Christianity (all denominations and related sub-groups). The goal is to help my clients recognize patterns of abuse and neglect while they also learn how to redefine their faith (or lack thereof) in their own way.
My counseling approach is rooted in trauma-sensitivity. This means that throughout the counseling process, I am prioritizing my client's sense of safety and autonomy. I also strive to build trust-based relationships with my clients that are rooted in compassion and understanding. I am equipped to teach and utilize sensory grounding tools for emotional regulation and will honor and respect my client's past experiences without judgment or shame.
I utilize the SYMBIS Assessment for pre-martial counseling. The SYMBIS Assessment covers areas that include personality types, financial priorities, sexual wellness, roles in the marriage, past experiences of trauma, and more. The SYMBIS Assessment helps to facilitate conversation and bring to light any issues that may cause conflict within the marriage relationship. This assessment also provides an outline for areas of growth, strength, and compromise.
My main approach to counseling is Bowen Family Systems Therapy. This approach takes into account the emotional processes and patterns within a family system. When working with individual clients, we will take into account how their family of origin, sibling position, generational history, differentiation of self, and culture impacts their view of self and others. We will also examine chronic anxiety patterns and stress responses that may be causing dysfunction in relationships with others.
I integrate a family systems approach with trauma-sensitive practices. This means that I approach every client as a unique individual and adjust my approach to accommodate for safety. For some clients, this may mean spending more time building trust and rapport. For other clients, this may mean jumping head first into trauma work and pattern recognition. With all clients, I view their stories through a trauma-sensitive lens that gives me the greatest ability to hold space with compassion.