Samantha’s journey into the mental health field began at Concordia University-Nebraska where she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, behavioral science, and criminal justice. She has always had a passion for sports and has worked with athletes in various capacities. While at Concordia, she was a part of the Concordia Dance Team, worked in the Athletic Training Room, and volunteered with the Concordia Track Team. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Samantha began working for a crisis and suicide prevention hotline as a crisis counselor while completing her master’s in clinical mental health counseling at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. While working as a crisis counselor, Samantha gained experience working with individuals in emotional distress that were struggling with thoughts of suicide. During her time at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, Samantha interned with the UNO Athletics Department as an Academic Assistant and completed a clinical internship with Creighton University’s Student Counseling Services.
These experiences have taught Samantha about the uniqueness of life as an athlete, the pressures of life changes, and the importance of caring for mental health. She is passionate about working with individuals that may be struggling with various life issues such as life transitions, relationships, self-esteem, stress, and coping. She works to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of the individuals with whom she works. Working from a Person-Centered approach, she works to create a safe space for individuals to feel more comfortable coming to session as their genuine selves. She considers each dimension of wellness that makes up an individual to assist in addressing struggles and facilitate change by incorporating various techniques into session such as mindfulness, thought challenging, and goal setting. Samantha has experience working with teens and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, suicide, and self-harm. She is looking forward to starting her work in private practice and continuing to develop as a clinician.