Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Accepting new clients for morning, daytime, and evening appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Sam Douglas is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in anxiety, trauma, depression, and the common desire for meaning and purpose. Trained in relational psychoanalysis and somatic experiencing, Sam’s work with patients incorporates mindfulness and a careful attention to the therapeutic relationship. Though each treatment is different, his goal is to encourage self-compassion and engage each patient's capacity for insight and healing.
Sam has deep experience working with trauma survivors, using patients’ sense of their bodies in the present moment to build resilience, ease longstanding fears, and reconnect to themselves and loved ones.
Sam sees adults of all ages in his practice. He has a special interest in working with men on topics of identity, masculinity and sexuality; and on work-life balance. At the heart of his practice is a commitment to help clients identify, understand, and let go of negative patterns, and to develop a sense of aliveness and empowerment.
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Life transitions – Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Trauma – Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse
Anger management – Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Compulsive behaviors – Coping with overwhelming urges and impulses, such as hair pulling or skin picking; developing alternative ways to reduce stress and alleviate suffering
Impulse control issues – Building self-control and emotion regulation skills; managing and reducing problematic or dangerous behaviors, such as stealing or fire setting
Couples counseling – Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Personality disorders – Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges
Initial/ongoing sessions: $175/session (45min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Sam can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"I work from the assumption that many of us are held back by patterns of emotion and behavior that we learned early on--patterns that have outgrown their use, and are now causing anxiety and disconnection. Psychotherapy is a uniquely safe and curious environment, where patient and therapist work together to identify, understand, and unravel these patterns.
Because each of us comes from different circumstances, with a different set of goals, the work of therapy will be unique to each patient. Some people need more structure; others more openness. Figuring this out together--and adapting it when necessary--will be part of the process.
Finding the right therapist isn’t always simple. I encourage anyone making this step to ask many questions and to trust your judgment. I look forward to talking to you.”
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Somatic ExperiencingSomatic experiencing is a method of overcoming the effects of trauma by resolving "stuck" energy in the body.
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2015 - Present
Fifth Avenue Counseling Center, 2012 - 2018
Smith College, MSW, 2012