“Open your heart and watch the magic happen.” –Unknown
Samantha Levy earned her graduate degree in clinical psychology at Antioch University. While moving toward her degree, she got her feet wet by working as a community counselor serving women struggling with trauma and borderline personality disorder. Shortly after graduation, she began working at an adolescent treatment center and in private practice under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Schneider. Always eager to further her knowledge, last year Samantha completed a year-long course at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, where she explored a psychoanalytic approach to eating disorders and substance abuse.
Throughout her career, Samantha has worked with all populations, although her main focus has been on adolescents and young adults struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, and the challenges that come with growing up, or as Samantha likes to call it, “the struggles that arise as we figure out how to be a human.” Samantha relies closely on self-compassion, mindfulness, and her personal experiences to inform her work with clients. Samantha firmly believes that all healing starts with self-love. She continues to be in awe of the gifts that life can bring when you have the privilege to sit in a safe space and share your authentic truth with a trusted other.
When she’s not in session, you’re likely to find Samantha searching for adventure or solace among the beautiful beaches and mountains of Southern California, downward dogging it on her yoga mat, or talking about trying her hand at a new recipe from one of the many cookbooks she owns (and hardly opens).