Licensed Professional Counselor
LPC, CRC, NCC
Welcome! You can call me Sami. I'm an integrative therapist who specializes in complex trauma and adjustment to disability/chronic illness.
4531 SE Belmont Street
Provides free initial consultation
Provides telehealth services
Practicing Since: 2019
My clients often have a history of (or ongoing) trauma, including medical trauma, attachment trauma, single-incident traumatic events, and complex trauma; difficulty coping with chronic illness and/or disability (e.g., EDS, MCAS, POTS, GI diseases, cancer); anxiety/panic disorders; obsessive-compulsive disorder; and/or dissociative disorders. Many of my clients have complex cases. Some choose to do long-term depth work with me, while others may see me to work toward more immediate goals.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an evidence-based trauma therapy that helps individuals desensitize trauma memories, as well as shift the narratives around those memories. For example, after EMDR treatment, a client who was assaulted may find that they no longer feel activation in their body when they recall the traumatic event, and the narrative changed from "I'm not safe" to "I survived, and I'm okay.”
ACT is an action-oriented approach that stems from CBT, but can be quite different than traditional CBT in practice. In a nutshell, it involves learning how to diffuse your thoughts, choosing to "lean in" to your emotions, identifying what is important to you (i.e., your values), and acting in commitment with your values.
I am trained in Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD, and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD—all of which are under the larger CBT umbrella.
I am trained in several trauma therapies, including Prolonged Exposure (PE; the "Gold Standard"), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Process Therapy (CPT)—all of which are evidence-based treatments in PTSD.
As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, I have extensive experience working with people with chronic illness and disabilities. I often work where chronic illness/disability and trauma intersect, including medical trauma.
I have a background in bereavement support, including working directly with people in hospice. I work with clients who have experienced tragic and sudden losses, anticipated losses, and complicated grief.
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Disenfranchised grief is grief that is not seen, heard, or validated by others.