Samantha Brooks, MA, CTRS

Who am I as a therapist? I strive to create a welcoming, safe therapeutic environment where my clients can express their personal thoughts and experiences without fear of judgement. I am a therapist who really wants to understand my clients’ thoughts and will engage with my clients with curiosity and attunement to their experience. It is important to me that my clients feel seen, understood and secure in the therapy room.  I believe in the healing power of authenticity and relational connection.

Who do I work with? I work with people of all ages experiencing intra- and inter-personal conflicts in their relationships, at school or work, and/or in their self-understanding and life satisfaction. I also enjoy supporting folks who are navigating life transitions such school/educational changes, adjusting to adulthood or parenthood, and to retirement and beyond.

My areas of interest: I enjoy working with clients from diverse backgrounds, especially those who have experienced trauma throughout any phase of their life.  I value individuals who engage in service to the public and our country, and am interested in working with first responders and military service members.  I am also interested in issues related to aging and later life transitions and would greatly value the opportunity to work with older adults.

How I practice: When I am working with clients, I am interested in knowing what they want out of their therapy. It is important for me to inquire about this regularly and that each session is focused on what is important to the client. I see my role as providing a space where you can better understand what you are experiencing emotionally, physically, and cognitively, as this helps clients increase their self-understanding and clarity about needs and wants.

My background: I have my Master’s Degree in Counseling from The Chicago School Of Professional Psychology and am currently pursuing my Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at the same institution.  I have worked with clients in a variety of settings including residential, forensic, inpatient, and community mental health. I also have a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Therapy and have worked with people with developmental disabilities and autism.

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.“ – Brené Brown

Anything else you want to let your potential clientele know? I value affirming all client identities and find understanding cultural factors to be crucial to the therapeutic process. I have lived abroad in both Europe and Asia and value my time spent there while learning priceless life lessons. I have a rescue dog who brings joy to everyone he meets and who may make an appearance in (Zoom) sessions.