Samantha Steinfeld

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.
Using an affirmative, non-judgmental, and open approach, Samantha works to create a safe space for her clients to heal and grow. Through empathy and support, she empowers her clients to live their most authentic lives and to understand themselves more fully. Samantha works alongside her clients to develop treatment goals, a therapeutic framework, and a unique relationship to inform their work together. She has experience working with a variety of ages, ethnicities, genders, orientations, and presenting issues.

Samantha’s style is informed by her personal and professional experiences as a therapist, teacher, sex educator, and advocate. Her goal as a therapist is to provide a safe space for her clients to process their own experiences and empower them to live more authentic lives that are in keeping with their personal beliefs and values.

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-judgmental, 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.

Samantha 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 is currently accepting low fee and pro-bono clients both in-person and virtually. Please reach out to her if you would like to schedule a free initial consultation to see if she would be a good fit for you!