Samantha Desantis, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Through empathetic listening and direct communication, Samantha strives to create an inviting and honest environment for her clients to speak freely, without fear of judgement. With theoretical orientations based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Samantha seeks to guide those struggling through a non-judgmental, person centered approach. She provides a clinical experience that is tailored to the specific needs of those seeking guidance by allowing client insight to help guide the direction of therapy. With knowledge and previous experience working with those coping with addiction, Samantha uses a combination of Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing to aid in the treatment of those with substance use issues.

Through the use of such techniques as mindfulness and cognitive restructuring, Samantha aims to help manage the disruptive thoughts and maladaptive behaviors of children, adolescents and emerging adults, in an effective, direct manner. Samantha has a Master of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marist College and completed her undergraduate education at Siena College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.

She is a therapist who seeks to support and empower clients to have the confidence to take control of their lives and make thoughtful decisions every day.