Samantha  Howard
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Samantha Howard


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
California Accepting Online
Updated May 31, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma
  • Women's issues
  • Shame

Professional statement

Samantha Howard is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist located in the Bay Area, CA. Samantha works with young adults and adults who are going through major periods of change in their lives. These changes could be the beginning or ending of a significant relationship, leaving home for the first time, finishing school, or starting a new job. Samantha also supports new parents as they adjust to a growing family and navigating live as a parent. Her clients face challenges of low self-esteem and low self-worth, difficulties in communicating with others, or feeling pressure to balance multiple responsibilities at once. They seek therapy because they want to understand why they feel disoriented in their lives and to combat their feelings of perfectionism.

Samantha’s approach to therapy draws from multiple modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), humanistic therapy, solution-focused therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. Clients explore their internal worlds, identifying the thought patterns that lead to feelings of being not enough or not good enough. They discuss how change is challenging them. With Samantha’s guidance, they begin to connect their emotional reactions to change back to their childhoods or previous experiences. Samantha also incorporates mindfulness and Ecotherapy practices into her work with clients, teaching them how to remain present in the now and to stay grounded. Sessions are focused on growth, self-compassion, and the development of effective coping strategies.

Samantha earned a Master’s degree from Notre Dame de Namur University. She has nearly 10 years of experience in the mental health field, and is passionate about helping women. Her goal is to eliminate her client’s feelings of shame so they can focus on the positive sides of change.


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

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

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

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman

Shame - Exploring how shame shows up in one’s life and the origins of this shame, especially in specific situations or environments; processing through this shame and developing an empowerment to feel less ashamed in daily life


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


Samantha Howard is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
Therapist's note

I understand the challenge in finding affordable and good quality mental health care. Therefore, I have dedicated a limited number of sliding scales time slots.


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 9am - 3:30pm
  • Wed 9am - 3:30pm
  • Thu 9am - 3:30pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 8 years

Notre Dame de Namur University, MS in Clinical Psychology/LMFT/LPCC, 2015
University of Oregon, BS in Psychology, 2012


California: 113483