Samantha, who goes by “Ama”, is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT, at Family Matters of Marin being supervised by Sarah Foxfire, LMFT.
She received her BA in Psychology, Religion and Environmental Science from Bates College, earned her MA in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Creative Expression from The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and earned her AA in Music from The College of Marin. Samantha also has several professional certifications including the 2-year Comprehensive training in Mindfulness-Based Body Centered Psychotherapy from The Hakomi Institute of California, as well as the Sound, Voice and Music Healing certification from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Samantha started doing psychotherapy in 2013 at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy in San Rafael, CA. Some of her favorite professional experiences include:
- Family therapy and expressive art therapy at CIP
- Child-centered play therapy with Latinx youth from immigrant families at the Canal Alliance
- Art therapy with seniors at a memory care facility
- Emotion Focused Therapy with couples
- Mindfulness based somatic therapy with women survivors of childhood trauma who were struggling with anxiety disorders.
Samantha specializes in expressive arts therapy, transpersonal psychology, and Hakomi: mindfulness based, body centered psychotherapy. Ama is adept at holding space in therapy for her clients to feel safe and go deep into their own transformational healing work.
Samantha suffered trauma in early childhood that set her on a journey of healing. She discovered the power of the creative arts for healing and used songwriting and singing to help her heal from childhood pain. She learned meditation at a young age, did several long silent meditation retreats and has a committed spiritual practice that enriches her life and brings valuable perspective.
Samantha loves to learn and grow. She is always looking for more skills to deepen her ability to meet people in their pain and vulnerability, and walk with them into a place of authentic peace and power. Soon, she will be adding EMDR to her list of specializations for clients at Family Matters of Marin.
Some of her favorite hobbies include hiking with her four rescue dogs, singing in choirs, and making really fizzy homemade mango kombucha 🙂