Samantha is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker (LSCSW). Samantha has been practicing in Wichita since 2015. Previously she worked at Cana Counseling of Catholic Charities providing school based therapy to students at schools in the Wichita Diocese. Samantha specializes in work with children, adolescents, and families struggling with various mental health concerns, behavior issues, and significant life transitions. She uses a mix of play therapy techniques, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solutions focused therapy, along with a strengths based approach to help children and their families strengthen their relationships and reach their highest potential. Samantha believes wholeheartedly in the power of play and fosters a creative, open, and accepting environment in which her clients can feel safe to work through their problems with plenty of support.
Samantha obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (2013) and a Master of Social Work (2015) from the University of Kansas. Samantha has completed 150 hours of training from Heartland Play Therapy Institute and is in the processing of obtaining the necessary supervision hours to become a registered play therapist (RPT). She is currently in a six-month training program for EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) certification. EMDR is an evidence-based training for treating PTSD and trauma.