Samiah Green, LPCA
Many individuals do not feel seen or heard by their therapists. I want my clients to feel that their experiences are being validated. Despite some therapists having cultural competence, there is undoubtedly a need for Black therapists. Representation is important. I believe that diversifying the mental health field can help aid in collective healing within the Black community. As a therapist, I plan to work to destigmatize mental health and emphasize how therapy is vital for everyone.
I am an associate licensed professional counselor with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and a concentration in forensic mental health from the University of New Haven. Growing up I saw the stigma towards mental health in the Black community. These experiences not only made me want to educate myself more on the issues but led me to pursuing a career in the mental health field where I could help Black people heal.
I’m passionate about working with adolescents and young adults. I enjoy working with clients individually and in a group setting to foster collective healing. I facilitate a group, Safe Space for Black Girls, which is a support group for Black adolescent & teenage girls (ages 12-16) to gain self-confidence and increase self-esteem so they can better navigate everyday stressors.
I provide trauma informed care to ensure clients feel safe within our therapeutic relationship. Therapy is a sacred relationship and I want to ensure my clients feel; heard, seen and validated in their own unique experiences. I work with individuals who present with issues such as;
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
- Generational trauma: Stress, and dysfunctional behaviors passed down from one genration to the next
- Depression: overwhelming sadness, fatigue, hopelessness and despair
- Anxiety: excessive worry, racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating and poor sleep
- Adjustment issues: College, life transitions, and work-related stress
My approach to therapy utilizes a combination of different therapeutic frameworks. Primarily, I use techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy and person-centered therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps clients to identify negative thought patterns that can impact and influence their behaviors. Person centered therapy encourages clients to take an active role in their healing journey and empowers clients to facilitate personal growth and development. I also incorporate play therapy for clients who struggle with verbal expression. My approach for each client is individualized to ensure I meet their specific needs. I look forward to the opportunity of aiding in your healing journey.