Samantha Auclair

Samantha Auclair (She/her/hers)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

MS, CRC, NCC, LPC Intern, LMHCA

Supervisor: Natasha Laumei, MA, LPC

I specialize in treating trauma, particularly complex trauma.

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

503-738-1080

2410 SE 121st Avenue

Suite 103

Portland, 97216

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $75-$95

Provides free initial consultation

Provides telehealth services

Practicing Since: 2019

Languages: English

Services

  • Individual

Insurances Accepted

  • Out of Pocket
  • Out of Network

My Ideal Client

My clients know that they are not living their best life, but often cannot figure out why. They know they are affected by their past, but feel like they shouldn't be. They get triggered by partners, family, and friends, and decide it's safest to push others away than to explore old wounds. They often feel bogged down by their sadness, worry, guilt, and shame, and then disconnect from their emotions as protection. They want to break free from this pattern, and yet this is all they know.

My Approach to Helping

My approach to counseling is collaborative, person-centered, and strengths-based. I use a trauma-, attachment-, and parts-informed approach to help clients explore how their past continues to affect them today. While I believe that the counseling relationship is more powerful than any theory or technique, and I strive to put the therapeutic alliance first, my practice is mainly informed by Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Why I am a Good Fit for You

Whether you feel like you have way too much trauma to possibly get through it all—or not enough to even warrant therapy—I want to hear your story. Engaging in deep trauma work at a safe, sustainable pace can help you heal new and old wounds, ultimately leading you to become a more mindful, self-aware, self-compassionate, connected, and resilient version of yourself. It has been a rough year, and most of us are more socially isolated than ever. This might be one of the hardest times to seek out a therapist, while also the most important. I know that trying to find the right fit therapist can feel overwhelming. I offer a free 20-minute phone or video consultation to help. Feel free to reach out when you are ready.

Techniques I Use

Specialties

  • EMDR External link

    I am fully trained in EMDR, a gentle trauma therapy that can help you process your trauma with less risk of becoming retraumatized.

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) External link

    ACT is an action-oriented approach that involves identifying your core values and living a life that aligns with those values. The goal in ACT is not to feel better, but rather to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, sitting with unpleasant thoughts and emotions instead of trying to get rid of them. While not the goal of this therapy, ACT often does lead to a decrease in symptoms. This theory incorporates acceptance, committed action, and mindfulness.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Chronic Pain or Illness External link

    I'm a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, which means I have specific education and training in working with people who have disabilities and chronic illness.

  • Loss or Grief External link

    I have a background in bereavement support, including working directly with people in hospice. I have a specialization in adjustment to disability, which often involves a great deal of loss and grief.

  • PTSD External link

    I am trained in EMDR, a gentle trauma therapy. I have experience working with people who have endured 'Big T' Traumas, such as sexual assaults, accidents, and incarceration, in addition to 'little t' traumas, such as emotional abuse, loss of identities, and loss of relationships.

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