About Samantha Wakach
With a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego and an MSW from UCLA, I am a licensed clinical social worker with extensive direct clinical and supervisorial experience in both the public and private mental health sectors. I maintain a busy private counseling practice working with adults, children and families with a special interest in attachment disorders, grief and loss, anxiety and depressive disorders, assertive communication/healthy boundaries in family systems. I am also a certified family mediator wherein I work with families before and during a divorce process, often in collaboration with family attorneys, to create cooperative co-parenting contracts so as to minimize the trauma and rupture of divorce for the children. I do speaking and offer training for organizations and conferences on such topics as short term goal directed family therapy, mood disorders in transition aged youth, and the impact of trauma on attachment injuries on the development of healthy relationships.
In addition to my office hours, I am a clinical supervisor for intern clinicians, group facilitator, and family therapist at Resilience Treatment Center in Century City, CA and at Muse Treatment Center, in West Los Angeles. Being a part of robust and active therapeutic communities as well as mentoring and supervising interns is a vital part of my commitment to staying actively engaged in mental health conversations & changes/innovations in treatment.
My communication style is direct, but equally warm, empathic, and relatable sometimes using humor to help create a setting where you can feel comfortable and safe to be vulnerable and honest. I welcome you to learn more about me and my practice by calling or emailing me, and thank you for visiting my website.