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Dr. Eric Samuels is a Licensed Psychologist who has been treating individuals and couples in California and New York since 2011. He received a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California and did many years of training where he worked with college students and with people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Dr. Samuels specializes in helping young adults, men, LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities deal with general concerns like anxiety, depression, adjustment, and relationship issues. He has been an adjunct professor, a supervisor, and has given many guest lectures and workshop presentations. He currently volunteers with the Gender-Affirming Letter Access Project to provide pro-bono evaluations to individuals who are seeking gender-affirming surgeries.
Dr. Samuels strives to ensure a strong therapeutic relationship with each client and couple he works with. He desires that his clients knows that he cares about them and that they can feel safe and accepted during therapy sessions. He also works to be authentic and genuine during therapy sessions. Dr. Samuels also believes in Client-Centered Therapy and wants each of his clients and couples to know that they can set the agenda for the therapy session. He uses Motivational Interviewing as a main modality of treatment and believes that a person or couple will not be able to do anything if they do not have the motivation for it. In addition, Dr. Samuels believes that an individual's or couple's underlying thought processes and stories often govern how they behave, so he utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Narrative Therapy to assist individuals and couples in changing their underlying thoughts and narratives so that they have better outcomes. He also tries to be empowering, strengths-based, and compassionate-oriented in his work. When working with couples, he utilizes the Gottman Method.
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.
Gender identity & transgender health - Exploring gender identity, including trans, non-binary, and gender variant identities; support throughout the process of transition
LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Men's issues - Expertise in working with adult men; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges and promote physical and mental health
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
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Years of Experience: 8 years
Ignite Change Therapy, Licensed Psychologist in Private Practice, 2017 - Present
Argosy University SF Bay Area, Adjunct Professor, 2017 - 2017
UC Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016 - 2017
Indiana University Counseling and Psychological Services, Doctoral Intern, 2015 - 2016
City College of San Francisco Counseling Center, Practicum Intern, 2014 - 2015
The Wright Institute, Psychology Doctorate, 2016
Indiana University, Master's of Science in Higher Education & Student Affairs, Counseling Concentration, 2009
The Ohio State University, Bachlor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies; Minor in Sociology, 2006
New York: 024830