In the midst of a difficult season of life, Samantha repetitiously asked herself where in the world she could find help. What is counseling? She was eager to find a path toward healing, but was unsure of where she could go. It wasn’t until a dear friend of hers encouraged her to try counseling that she found the bravery to give it a shot.
This counseling journey shaped her in such a way that she, like Fred Rogers suggested, was able to start giving others the gift of her most authentic self. Not only was she personally changed, but she was left relationally longing to help others experience this new way of living. Utilizing her own vulnerability in her counseling practice, she has found joy in helping relieve others’ burdens – burdens too heavy to carry alone. She recognizes that parts of life are unmanageable, lead to dysfunction, and can only be healed through connection with others.
Samantha works out of a trauma-informed and emotionally-focused approach to counseling. She believes that restoration comes from engaging your past in order to bring understanding and healing to your present. Samantha has worked with a variety of clients ranging in ages from early adolescence to later adults, helping them work through multi-variate problems such as depression, anxiety, grief, career counseling, sexual trauma, self-esteem, relationship issues, financial stress, family of origin, and social justice advocacy.
Born and raised in Orlando, Samantha attended the University of Central Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development for her undergraduate studies. She then graduated with a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, which is a CACREP accredited program. Samantha desires to help her clients envision a personal space of safety and solace, where they will be empowered to act with boldness and experience their most authentic and honest self.
While Samantha isn’t counseling, she is busy keeping up with her two playful rescue dogs (Campbell and Winnie) while exploring the coffee shop scene in the greater Orlando area with her husband. Samantha loves talking cinema and enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.
Mondays: Dr. Phillips office
Wednesdays and Thursdays: Baldwin Park Office
Samantha offers an initial free 15 minute phone consultation. Simply provide a little information and we’ll then contact you to schedule the consult.Request