Samantha NorrisGraduate Therapist Intern
About Samantha Norris
Each day is filled with lots of moments. Moments of feelings, thoughts, meanings, interactions and micro choices. How we define these experiences shape different parts of ourselves and how we engage with the world around us. When life feels too big, we can remember that these little moments are a good place to start! Samantha believes that these cumulative experiences and core relationships provide ease or dis-ease in our lives and that healing can occur when we begin to nourish and align with our most authentic self and optimal environment. Samantha meets each client with the utmost respect, dignity and values bringing a collaborative effort in the therapeutic relationship. She views her therapeutic role as being a creative tool in helping others develop a strengths-based, resilient will and is passionate about promoting healthy attachment and development in children and in all relationships. Outside of her profession, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and three children (9, 2, and 6 months) and embracing the chaos of parenthood. She is a self-proclaimed cat lady and finds peace in painting, poetry and nature.
Training and Education
Samantha is a graduate level intern currently attending McDaniel college in pursuit of her Masters in Mental Health Counseling. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Studies and Human Services through Towson University. Samantha has a background in child development and previously trained in childcare centers and The Young Parent Support Center, providing life skill classes related to job development and parenting skills. Samantha has extensive experience in her current role providing case management services for children and adults with Developmental Disabilities and accessing state funded waivered services. She also received training with Kennedy Krieger Institute Neurobehavioral Unit. Samantha is dedicated to her growth and learning. She is always looking for ways to incorporate further learning by listening to audiobooks, podcasts, or attending webinars. She is a member of the American Counseling Association.
Samantha is learning to provide talk, play and expressive based therapy. She aims to provide an integrative approach that is tailored to the comfort and style of the person. She views the therapeutic relationship as being dynamic and collaborative. She would love to incorporate art, play, narrative/poetry and body work in combination with talk therapy. Samantha is humanistic in her approach which is centered around providing holistic support focused on unique human experiences, creativity, free will, and human potential. She values working with children and adults in finding choice, self-acceptance, building resiliency, and developing attunement with one’s own needs and desires.