Hi, I'm Sam. As a military social worker, spouse, and daughter, I understand the unique challenges the military face. I am an EMDR and trauma-informed therapist, and the owner of Waves of Courage Counseling LLC.
Education & Training
I hold a Master’s in Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. I tailor my approach using an integrative framework and utilize evidence-based treatment modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), informal Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness practices.
I have spent most of my clinical work in Alaska and have been in various roles, including an inpatient clinical therapist, hospital social worker, family advocacy outreach manager, and a domestic abuse victim advocate. It has helped me support a wide range of people from various racial and ethnic backgrounds, in every stage of life, and diverse sexual and gender identities.
I am a big proponent of meeting my clients where they are, walking alongside them to help them navigate and explore change so they can start feeling happier and healthier in life. I won't tell you that everything is going to be okay. I will help you look at your situation in different ways and come face-to-face with issues most people tend to ignore. I believe that our mental health is part of a holistic system that incorporates our physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. I believe everyone has the potential to grow and change at any point in their lives.
Whether you're struggling with being your authentic self, a military spouse feeling lost in the ever-changing military lifestyle, or a combat veteran battling painful memories, I want to hear your story.
“We can no longer wait for the storm to pass. We must be courageous enough to sail through it.”