Samantha Steinfeld is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the College of William & Mary. She will graduate in the spring of 2022, at which time she will become a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC). Samantha has specific interest and expertise working with youth and young adults in areas including exploration of gender and sexual orientation, healthy sexuality, identity development and integration, and religious trauma and sexuality. She also works with people with chronic illnesses, including chronic pain.
Before coming to The Imago Center, Samantha completed her practicum experience at Sasha Bruce Youthwork, where she provided clinical counseling at a community-based residential facility for youth who were in the custody of the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. While there, Samantha used a therapy rooted in an affirmative, non-judgemental, and open approach that emphasized the core competencies of each individual client.
Additionally, Samantha is a certified facilitator of the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexual education program, which provides honest, scientifically-accurate
information about sexuality and ensures that participants walk away from the class understanding their own self-worth, with accurate information about sexuality, prepared to make responsible sexual choices, recognizing that all people must be equally valued and have equal rights, and accepting that sexuality is a natural and positive part of being human.
Samantha also has experience advocating for and working with people with chronic illnesses through Dysautonomia Youth Network of America, an organization that provides support for those with dysautonomia and other related conditions. Samantha is very excited to be at The Imago Center, where she will be able to build on her existing experiences and skillset to become a more competent, mindful, and justice-oriented counselor!