Devoting my life’s work to helping others be the version of themselves they always dreamed of being is an honor, not a job. I identify as a candid, relatable, ambitious, and witty professional. With a helping heart and a determined spirit, I have known I wanted to be a therapist from my mid-teens. I am a polished professional, someone you feel you can trust to walk with you on your journey. The pain that leads to recovery is something I share with my clients, and this supports my expertise in the field. My recovery path includes being part of a family system that was substance use involved and I have a true understanding of the difficulty involved in walking this path. Who I am as a therapist is not separate from who I am as Sam – I believe in bringing the essence of who I am to every human I interact with, inside or outside of therapy.
I support adults (individuals and couples) in their recovery. Some of my specialties include substance use disorders, trauma, leadership or career difficulties, life transitions, and family of origin issues in recovery. I am based in our Ballantyne office. I help individuals overcome the barriers keeping them stuck through compassionate reflective discrepancy, which uses motivational interviewing techniques and exploration of your family system, trauma, and numbing and medicating behaviors. I support individuals who are open and willing to look at what is no longer serving them en route to their goals. I see addiction a little differently than most; you’ll most likely hear all of our clinicians call it “numbing and medicating” because that’s exactly what it is! We all seek to regulate our nervous system, cope with trauma, and keep from drowning in the quicksand of guilt, shame, or the pressures of life by turning to numbing and medicating behaviors. The path of recovery includes digging underneath the surface to heal the pain that leads to numbing and medicating. Because I see things through this lens of recovery, I also work to support families of people struggling with substance use disorders.
I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Master of Social Work degree. I am dually licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in North Carolina and Licensed Independent Social Worker Clinical Practice (LISW-CP) in South Carolina. I am also a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist in North Carolina, as well as a certified clinical supervisor providing supervision for those pursuing the LCAS credential. Over the last 8 years in the field I’ve worked in a variety of different settings. I utilize compassionate reflective discrepancy, which involves motivational interviewing techniques along with exploration of related trauma, the family system, and unhealthy coping mechanisms.
— What Element Do You Resonate With? —
“I can feel refreshed in any landscape, just by connecting with natural surroundings and quieting the chaos. I like being reminded of how small I am and how many life forms can live off of the land. It feels like there’s a place for everything. Like an organized pantry.”
— What’s Your Walk Out Song? —
“Separate Ways” by Journey
— How To Connect —