Alayna Samson, Therapist in Chicago, Illinois — Zencare
Alayna  Samson

Alayna Samson


Psychologist, PsyD
Illinois Accepting Online
Center Focused Therapy- Main Office , Center Focused Therapy Accepting In-person
Updated September 21, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Relationship issues
  • Identity development
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional Trauma

Professional statement

Dr. Alayna Samson is a clinical psychotherapist in Chicago, IL. Her areas of clinical strength include relationship concerns, identity-related concerns, anxiety, depression, and working with couples. Her experiences providing individual, group, and couples psychotherapy in hospital and university counseling settings have prepared her to work with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and with a broad range of concerns. She has a particular interest in working with college students, graduate students, and early career professionals.

Alayna practices therapy from a relational approach while drawing from attachment, and psychodynamic theories. She uses an integrative approach to tailor treatment to each individual’s experiences and circumstances. In sessions, she works with clients to process thoughts and feelings to foster insights and help them reach their goals.

Alayna received her doctorate from Roosevelt University and trained in university, private practice, and hospital settings. She has 5 years of experience providing psychotherapeutic services to diverse individuals with a wide variety of presenting concerns. Alayna's previous training experiences include the University of Michigan, the University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center, and City Colleges of Chicago. Alayna is currently a clinician at Center Focused Therapy in downtown Chicago, IL. She is offering tele-therapy and in-person services, including evening hours.

Message to clients

Finding someone to join you on the journey of self-discovery and growth can seem daunting. Practicing vulnerability is hard, but having someone with whom you can talk openly, question freely, and collaborate makes it easier. I believe that therapeutic change is nurtured through a relationship that is supportive, compassionate, and non-judgmental. Everyone comes to therapy with unique perspectives and experiences. Together, we can honor the unique lens through which you see the world and collaborate to decide what meaningful change looks like for you.

My therapeutic approach often focuses on identifying and adjusting ways in which we continually interact with the world. Therefore, my work typically includes exploring relational patterns to help you form deeper, more stable bonds with yourself and others.

I strive to create a space for you to feel comfortable identifying techniques and building skills to address your specific concerns. I endeavor to create a warm and genuine connection with you. I may also challenge you, pose difficult questions to reflect upon, and support you while you experience uncomfortable thoughts or feelings. My goal as a therapist is to equip you with the skills to not only weather life’s inevitable storms, but thrive and live a more meaningful life.

I believe that therapist-client match is vital to the work I do. If what I have shared connects with you, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience

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

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Emotional Trauma - Coping and healing after experiencing sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse and/or neglect. Support in processing experiences and memories from the past in which emotional needs went unmet.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • United Healthcare

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $155 (55min)
  • Sliding scale: $43 - $155


Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11 - 7pm
  • Tue 11 - 7pm
  • Wed 10-7pm
  • Thu 10-7pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Center Focused Therapy- Main Office practice
333 N Michigan Avenue, suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60601
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Please inquire about hours
  • Tue Please inquire about hours
  • Wed Please inquire about hours
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri Please inquire about hours
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Center Focused Therapy practice
4305 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon By appointment
  • Tue By appointment
  • Wed By appointment
  • Thu By appointment
  • Fri By appointment
  • Sat By appointment
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Center Focused Therapy, Post Doctoral Fellow / Clinical Psychotherapist, 2022 - Present

Roosevelt University, PsyD, 2022
Roosevelt University, MA, 2019


Illinois: 071009983