Wellness by Samantha

Therapy tailored to your specific needs.

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As a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (#94527), my therapeutic style is active and engaging with an emphasis on fostering insight and self-awareness.  I work experientially and relationally to assist my clients in reconnecting with their bodies and listening to their internal signals. I use a combination of mindfulness based practices, somatic interventions, gestalt therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and relational therapy.

PHILOSOPHY AND APPROACH

My primary training has been in Psychodynamic therapy, which is insight-oriented therapy, and Gestalt therapy, which is a client-centered approach. With psychodynamic therapy, we look to your past to gather information about your present state and current relationships. By understanding our past we help to find patterns and strengthen our insight. With Gestalt therapy, clients focus on the present and understand what is really happening in their lives right now, rather than what they may perceive to be happening based on past experiences. Through the gestalt process, clients learn to become more aware of how their own negative thought patterns and behaviors are blocking true self-awareness and making them unhappy.

I work with my clients to build self-awareness and also use mindfulness based practices, somatic interventions, and narrative therapy. I work with individuals on issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, and relational struggles. I work with my clients in helping them reconnect with their mind and body through listening to their internal signals. As a certified yoga instructor, I also use basic yoga postures, breath work, and guided meditations to help my clients increase their bodily awareness, process trauma in the body, and focus on the here and now.

I work to help people process their range of emotions, understand rather than fear their feelings, and pragmatically build healthier coping strategies.

EXPERIENCE + TRAINING

Experience and training

I earned my Bachelor’s of Arts in Art History, Communication, and Psychology from the University of Southern California and graduated with honors from Pepperdine University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.

I have received my training at The Center for Individual and Family Counseling in North Hollywood, The Relational Center in Beverly Hills, Pacoima Middle School, and Riverside Drive Charter School.

PRICING

Cost per Session: $200

Sliding Scale: Yes

Pay By: Cash, Check, PayPal, Apple Pay, Venmo

Nutrition Counseling that prioritizes joy.

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I attended the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City to study food therapy and understand how to turn my kitchen into a pharmacy. I began to really explore the collusion of the food industry, big pharma companies, physical illness, and mental illness. The system in our country is at times designed to keep us sick because unfortunately sick people are profitable - healthy people are not.

I started doing my own research and learned the importance of gut health in relation to mental health. I began to understand the importance of eating healing foods for a healthy gut because the majority of serotonin and dopamine (important brain chemicals) are made in the gut - some even calling the gut the second brain! This seemed to go hand in hand with my studies in psychology.

As a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute, I teach my clients the importance of nourishing our bodies in ways to enhance our health, heal our gut, feed our minds, and become a more responsible consumer.

WEEKLY COUNSELING

I will meet with you (in person or virtually) to review your meals, explore your daily food journal, and help keep you accountable. I will provide personalized meal plans to help you reach your goals.

1 HOUR WEEKLY COUNSELING SESSION:
$100 PER HOUR

PANTRY CLEAN OUT

I will come to your home and help you clean out your pantry and fridge to ensure you and your family are eating clean food with minimal preservatives, toxins, and other additives. I will assist you with your grocery shopping (either in person or provide shopping lists) and teach you how to read food labels and

PANTRY CLEAN OUT/SUPERMARKET ASSISTANCE:
$100 PER HOUR

COOKING CLASSES

I will teach you easy, simple, delicious, and always healthy recipes for your mind, body, and spirit. I will explain to you the health benefits of the ingredients we use and how to let seasonal and organic ingredients speak for themselves. I offer vegan, vegetarian, paleo, fish, and meat options and will curate the menu to help whatever health goal you are seeking (weight loss, brain health, mood support, hormone support, etc.). All of my cooking classes offer 2 appetizers, 3 mains, and 2 desserts and will be paired with organic wines and spirits!

$100 PER PERSON

 

Yoga + Meditation

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I have found the power of yoga and meditation to be extremely effective in tempering stresses and anxieties as well as maintaining general wellbeing.

Yoga has an incredible way of energizing our bodies while also calming our minds. It helps us connect with the internal signals in our body and is an incredible tool for self-reflection and self-growth. I earned my yoga teacher certification from Yoga Works in 2014 and have been teaching private clients, group classes, and corporate companies for many years.

I am passionate about yoga and the power of meditation and I want to teach others about the impact of this ancient practice. Whether you are new to this practice or a seasoned veteran, I am here to help you learn and grow through the power of breath and movement.

Whatever you are looking for, whether it is weight loss or self growth, yoga can help you achieve both! This practice is incredibly powerful in processing and releasing trauma, tension, and emotions in the body. Plus it helps to sculpt your body in beautiful ways to create long, lean, and strong muscles! I offer private classes, semi-private classes, and group classes. I am trained in Vinyasa flow and restorative.

Additionally, I offer guided meditation classes.

 Events that delight + inspire.

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COOKING CLASSES

MONDAY AUGUST 26TH AT 6:00 PM IN BEVERLY HILLS

“Mediterranean favorites” is the mantra for this class! I will be teaching my students how to make some delicious mediterranean cuisine inspired by my recent trips to Israel and Greece. I will be teaching you how to prepare and cook mediterranean branzino, vegetable sides, roasted cauliflower (Eyal Shani style), and a GF, Dairy Free, Refined sugar free dessert! All classes come with complimentary appetizers and wine!

$75 a person

Please email me at contact@wellnessbysamantha.com to book your spot and to receive more details about this class

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28TH AT 6:00 PM IN BEVERLY HILLS

“Mediterranean favorites” is the mantra for this class! I will be teaching my students how to make some delicious mediterranean cuisine inspired by my recent trips to Israel and Greece. I will be teaching you how to prepare and cook mediterranean branzino, vegetable sides, roasted cauliflower (Eyal Shani style), and a GF, Dairy Free, Refined sugar free dessert! All classes come with complimentary appetizers and wine!

$75 a person

Please email me at contact@wellnessbysamantha.com to book your spot and to receive more details about this class

THE MOON DECK & INTENTION SETTING WORKSHOP

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST AT 4:30PM

With the New Moon on August 30th I will lead the group through a guided grounding meditation then assist the group with The Moon Deck and an intention setting exercise to use the power of the moon to elevate ourselves and set intentions. The Moon Deck is an interactive tool for connecting to your intuition and emotional health through the path of self-love and ritual. Created to foster community and healing, this entire set is inspired by the cyclical beauty of the moon and the inherent wisdom of women. It shares insights on growth, purpose, transformation, practice, and creativity - with freedom for personal exploration. The Moon Deck can be worked as an oracle guide, as a daily tool for reflection and meditation, or in tarot-inspired spreads.

$50 a person

Please email me at contact@wellnessbysamantha.com to book your spot and to receive more details about this class

GUIDED MEDITATION WITH HEALING CRYSTALS

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND AT 6PM

I will teach the group about various healing stones, their properties and ways to use them. Then I will guide the group through a meditation placing healing stones on the participant’s chakras to achieve full body healing.

$50 a person

Please email me at contact@wellnessbysamantha.com to book your spot and to receive more details about this class