Samantha Steinfeld holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the College of William & Mary. She is also a trained Imago therapist. Samantha started at The Imago Center as an intern, and has transitioned to a full-time staff member.
Samantha has specific interest and expertise working with youth, young adults, and couples in areas including exploration of gender and sexual orientation, healthy relationship development, identity development and integration, and positive sexuality. She also works with people with chronic illnesses, including chronic pain.
Samantha’s style is informed by her personal and professional experiences as a therapist, teacher, sex educator, and chronic illness advocate. Her goal as a therapist is to provide a safe space for her clients to sit with and process their experiences and emotions, to validate their ways of being, and to work alongside them as they grow into their most authentic selves.
Before coming to The Imago Center, Samantha worked 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 radical acceptance, affirmation, and non-judgment 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.