About Samantha Pekh
As a Registered Psychologist and Certified EMDR Therapist, I provide psychological services to children, youth, adults, families, and groups.
I help clients resolve current life difficulties, identify life goals, and develop strategies for reaching those goals.
I enjoy working with a range of issues and concerns, but specialize in certain key areas (please see my list of key interests below).
Because I select and customize strategies for the needs of each client, therapy may look different for each client and/or family.
Training & Qualifications
As for my training and qualifications, I have been working with individuals and families for over 10 years. I hold a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology and I obtained my status as a Registered Psychologist in 2010.
I am a Certified EMDR Therapist and with specialised training in play therapy, Jungian sand tray work, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (a body-based approach). I primarily use EMDR to help clients heal from overwhelming experiences.
In addition to these qualifications are my years of experience. Please review my areas of interest and specialty for examples of difficulties I can help you resolve.
Areas of Interest & Specialty
- Anxiety - I will support you through feelings of worry, distress, panic,or fears of facing something that may be overwhelming.
- Depression - I will support your through times when you feel down or when you feel like can't move forward, have no energy or little interest in doing anything, couldn't care less about spending time with others, or when you feel hopeless about things getting better.
- Suicidal Ideation and Bereavement - I will support you through thoughts of self-harm and/or a desire to kill yourself or to support you through your loss of someone who died by suicide.
- Trauma - I will support you through an experience that overwhelmed youor which you are having a lot of difficulty moving past or healing from. This may include having a very difficult time relaxing, feeling edgy and irritable, experience difficulties in sleeping, not being able to concentrate or focus, experiencing flashbacks or feeling like you are stuck in the past, or getting triggered whenever you see, hear, or think of something that reminds you of the traumatic or overwhelming event.
- Grief and Loss - I will support you through any form of loss and towards a new 'normal.' This may include job loss, divorce or relationship breakup, family deterioration, loss to death, loss of dreams or health due to a new diagnosis, and more.
- Adjustment Difficulties - I will support you through a change such as a job loss, recent move, entering into a new relationship or experiencing a loss of a relationship, developing a new diagnosis or health concern, becoming a new parent, etc.
- Parenting Concerns - I will support you in building a stronger relationship with your children/teens and to move past difficulties in talking with them or using effective discipline).
In addition to counselling and therapeutic services, I also provide formal assessment services in the following area:
- Diagnosis-to help determine if you currently meet or have met diagnostic criteria for a mental health illness. This can range from (but is not limited to) depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar, etc.
Am I the Best Therapist for You?
There are many therapists available for you to select from, but since we are humans with our own personalities and characteristics, we will not connect or work well with all potential clients.
The connection you do experience with your therapist, however, is responsible for about 30% of the therapeutic success you will experience. Therefore, making sure you have a good connection with your therapist is very important!
To help you determine if we would be a good fit for each other and to give you a sense of who I am and my personal style, I have included a short introduction video that you can view and some points to consider.
- MEET SAMANTHA -
Intro Video for the General Public
- MEET SAMANTHA -
Intro Video for Kids & Teens
We will connect easily and work well with each other if you want:
- To work with a therapist who takes an accepting and collaborative approach with clients.
- To work with a therapist that uses a sensitive and soft approach, yet can be directive when needed.
- To work on improving your current situation, even though you are nervous and worried about how the changes you want may impact you and your future.
- To take risks and try new strategies with an open mind instead of immediately deciding that certain strategies won't work.
- To look at how certain life experiences, both positive and negative, have impacted you and may be continuing to influence you.
- To consider new or alternative ways of thinking about or looking at your life and how you view yourself.
- To participate in regular ‘check-ins’ about our therapeutic process to ensure our work together is continuing to meet your needs.
- A therapist that uses evidence-based strategies (aka. strategies that have shown to work) and one who provides information to clients in “everyday” and easy to understand language.
- To respect others and treat people with dignity, including your yourself.
- To begin living your life more fully because you are dissatisfied with where you are in life.
We Will Likely NOT work well with each other if:
- You think therapy will be easy or that I will be doing most of the work.
- You want a therapist that will tell you what you need to do so you can blindly follow their lead.