Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Child Mental Health Specialist
About Samantha as a Therapist
Samantha Cunningham is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist in the state of Washington. She works with couples, families, and individuals of all ages (seniors, adults, teens, and children).
Simply put, Samantha is in the business of healing relationships whether it be a relationship with yourself or with others. Life should be about finding balance and hope in the midst of pain and the various hurt felt. Samantha believes that each person deserves the right to experience and live a life that includes healing and happiness. Therapy is about courageously exploring change and embracing healthy beliefs, feelings, and life choices as individuals, as couples, and as families.
Her primary therapeutic approach is strengths-based which encompasses each individual, couple, or family’s perspective of the world to create positive skills. The belief that the power of an individual’s connection to their environment as well as the impact community has on personal and relational development is integral in her work with clients. Her goal is to help each client integrate the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual portions of their individual or relational identity. Samantha collaborates with each client, couple, or family in building a treatment model that allows for balance and healing. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, Experiential Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Filial (Parenting) and Play Therapy are just some of the theories used with clients to help alleviate their distress and create safety and understanding.
Training and Background
She graduated from Western Oregon University with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology in 2011. She continued her studies at George Fox University where she earned a Master of Arts in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling in 2014. She also completed additional course work in Play and Sandtray Therapy. Samantha received additional training in Parent Child Interaction Training (PCIT).
Her clinical experience began at Open House Ministries in Vancouver, WA working with homeless families and she continued her career working for a community mental health center treating children and adults of all ages and diagnoses.
A native of the sunny southwest originally, Samantha celebrates the appearance of glorious sunshine in the Pacific Northwest with hiking, running, gardening, swimming, and frequent trips to the dog park with her “furbabies” Cupcake and Basil. When the sun hibernates for the winter, Samantha finds joy in crocheting, reading, drinking tea, and cuddling in front of the fireplace. Samantha’s partner in crime is her husband who helps remind her to wear socks in the winter when her feet are cold and wakes her up early in the summer for beautiful outings. With most of her large family within driving distance, Samantha is constantly spending time with her family and creating plans for getting together with great friends.