CCAA Provisional Member
CCAA No. 401260
Bachelor of Counselling + Level 1 Gottman
Samantha is a skilled and empathetic counsellor and relationship therapist. She is a member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Samantha integrates compassion and safety through her sessions that gives her clients the confidence to feel heard, respected and secure. Her interests lie in adolescent issues, adult development, and couples work.
Samantha is very client-focussed and uses a variety of modalities to help individuals and couples through a range of challenges. She has a lovely manner that is approachable and understanding, as well as excellent communication skills to support her client’s therapeutic journey. She works across the lifespan including teens (aged 13+) and adults experiencing mental health issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, grief and loss, life adjustments, self esteem problems, or simply clients just wanting further support.
In her couples therapy work, Samantha draws heavily on the Gottman Method to help direct and support better relationship outcomes. This includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm verbal conflicts; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and create a heightened sense of empathy and friendship within the context of the relationship.
Samantha takes a holistic approach based on her clients’ needs and their desired outcomes. She amalgamates and integrates modern Cognitive Behaviour Therapies (CBT) with elements of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy by bringing forth the unconscious to the conscious (self-awareness) and recognising and working with past patterns of beliefs and behaviours. She is also “trauma-informed” meaning safety is of utmost importance in sessions. She incorporates grounding and breathing techniques to bring her clients back to the present moment.