Sam is a therapist who provides individual telehealth services to adults at the Counseling Center of Maryland. Sam is a licensed master social worker with an MSW from Loyola University of Chicago. Sam works with a variety of clients and has experience working with anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. Sam places a high value on creating a welcoming atmosphere and recognizes that while therapy can be challenging, it can also be a space for irreverence.
Sam views therapy as means of uncovering those strengths and skills that individuals already possess but may have difficulty accessing effectively. He primarily employs DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), CBT (cognitive behavior therapy), and mindfulness practices in preparing people to grow and refine their skills, eventually becoming their own therapists. Sam comes to therapy from a background in the academic study of mindfulness traditions and employs many mindfulness practices drawn from Buddhism within the context of therapy. He is also trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).
In addition to a degree in social work, Sam has a BA in religious studies from Northern Arizona University and a masters in theological studies from Harvard University’s Divinity School. Sam was pursuing a doctorate in the history of religions at University of Chicago before he decided to put his interest in mindfulness into practice; he left academia to pursue a career in social work and therapy.