Samantha Wathen, LCMHC
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Counseling for Children 11+, Teens, Adults & Couples
Location: Raleigh Adult Clinic, Durham Clinic & Online
Master of Arts in Education, Western Kentucky University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Dance – University of North Carolina @ Greensboro
I have been practicing professionally since February 2018. I have worked with a variety of ages and issues including ADHD, ODD, anxiety, grief, mood disorders, trauma and adjustment disorders. I spent time working with youth in an intensive therapy summer program during my counseling practicum, including providing daily group therapy. During my internship in a group practice, I worked with individuals, couples, and families including court-mandated clients, trauma survivors, and children with intellectual difficulties.
My approach to counseling is person-centered integrated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Family Systems Theory, and Play Therapy. I will be a partner in facilitating your mental health and wellness through empathetic reflection, non-judgmental responses, and cultivating an environment where you are free to express your needs and emotions genuinely. I incorporate CBT techniques and mindfulness to help clients create change in their lives. I use play therapy techniques when working with children to better communicate with clients in earlier developmental stages. Parents/caregivers play a key role in their child’s therapy and it is expected they will fully participate in the therapeutic process. I also work with parents individually to address concerns in the family system that affect the mental health of their children.