Samantha Levinson, MA, LPC Claimed

 

One of the main components of therapy is to provide a safe environment for clients to explore their thoughts and feelings.  My office is specifically designed for teletherapy play sessions with children and is also easily transformed into a space comfortable for adolescents and adults.  For more than 10 years, I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults with behavioral and emotional challenges.  My professional experience consists of working in a variety of settings including: residential, in-home therapy, and outpatient settings.  My clinical areas of specialty include:  anxiety, depression, autism, childhood developmental disorders, trauma, and impulsive behaviors.  Other professional accomplishments include: developing a play intervention program for children with autism and developmental disabilities and teaching college level courses in Psychology as an Adjunct Instructor.

I believe therapy is a highly individualized and a personal experience.  I utilize a broad range of evidence-based modalities to help assist clients through their journey to mental wellness. These treatment modalities include: person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), child development, and play therapy.  My background in social skills training has provided a strong foundation for my work with children and adolescents.  I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Psychological Counseling from Monmouth University.  I continued my education at Chestnut Hill College and completed a certificate in trauma studies, as well as, post-graduate studies. 

My area of expertise focuses on children dealing with anxiety, autism, ADHD, developmental and learning disabilities, anger issues, and impulsive behaviors. I’ve worked with children for several years in a play intervention program, where I helped children learn to deal their emotions and behaviors. My virtual office is setup as a comfortable and fun place for children to express their feelings and emotions. Often times children are unable to express verbally their thoughts when they experience behaviors and emotional issues, so when I use play intervention skills with children they are able to open up and share their experiences and emotions.

I also believe it is important to educate children about their difficulties through play intervention strategies. My office includes many play intervention toys for children to be able to learn about their issues, deal with highly stressful emotions, and learn appropriate coping and social skills. For older children, I focus on using DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) as a framework for older children and adolescents. Through DBT older children and adolescents learn many skills, such as mindfulness, being able to effectively communicate, build social skills, and learn to cope with distressful emotions and impulsive behaviors.