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).
Samantha believes that people thrive when they are connected to others but the pain, stress, and struggles of life often leave us feeling very alone. She connects with her clients by creating safety, understanding their unique point of view, focusing on their strengths, and collaborating with them to build a plan for treatment. Samantha helps her clients find hope in the midst of pain, courageously explore change, set goals, embrace healthy beliefs, learn new skills, make positive life choices, achieve balance, and heal. Whether her client is an individual, a couple, or a family, they learn how to invest in relationships so they have the strong connections we all need—to family, friends, self, and community.
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.
Outside of the counseling room, Samantha loves sharing her life with her amazingly valuable family, friends, and boyfriend. She enjoys hiking/running, crocheting, gardening, reading, and playing with her dog, Cupcake.