Hi, my name is Samantha Gonzalez or Mrs. Sam to the kiddos.
My 8+ years of clinical experience has been working with children and families in a variety of settings (school, in-home, crisis work, Outpatient, and group therapy). I am open to working with any population, but kids are my specialty (ages 5-18). I also specialize in trauma therapy (TFCBT) with kids and families.
You will find that I am a very genuine, down-to-earth clinician, and that I relate very well to youth. The key to success in therapy is 15% therapy techniques, 15% client expectation, 30% strength of the client and therapist relationship, and 40% client personal determination and strengths. Together, we work to get you to a place where you feel at peace and confident enough to take on life's ups and downs.
And remember.. "Your track record of surviving bad days is 100%"
See below for more detailed information on my background, therapies used, and areas of practice focus:
I received my Bachelor's in Social Work from Northern Michigan University, and my Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). I am an LMSW- Licensed Masters in Social Work.
I utilize many therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused, Strengths-Based, Play therapy, and Psychoeducational.
My practice focus areas include but are not limited to: anxiety, attention deficit disorder (ADD, formerly known as ADHD), grief, abuse, domestic violence, LGBTQ, healthy relationships, mood disorders, parenting, PTSD, stress management, anger management, suicide and self-harm, bullying, self-esteem, communication, and depression.
Looking forward to meeting you!