Samantha Bastianelli, MA, LLPC, NCC
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- ADHD / Attention Difficulties
- Anger Management
- Art Therapy
- Bipolar Disorder
- Child Behavior Problems
- Chronic Illness / Pain
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- DBT-Informed Therapy
- Divorce Adjustment
- Domestic Abuse / Violence
- Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Family Therapy
- Gottman Method
- Grief / Loss
- Identity Issues
- LGBTQIA+ Issues
- Men's Issues
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Personality Disorders
- Play Therapy
- PTSD / Trauma
- Relationship Issues
- Sexual Assault / Abuse
- Sexual Problems
- Solution-Focused Therapy (SFBT)
- Suicidal Ideation
- Systems Theory
- Women's Issues
Education & credentials
- M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Eastern Michigan University
- Limited Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Michigan
- National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Board for Certified Counselors, 2020
- Member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) since 2020
I believe change is possible when people feel safe, supported, and empowered to make the changes they want to see for themselves. I think we are all born with a story, but through empowerment, we are able to write the chapters of our lives that align with our most authentic selves. We are all powerful beings- sometimes, we just need a little guidance to help us remember where we hid our power in order to reclaim it.
“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful parts of ourselves.” This quote often reminds me that even in our pain, we can learn, heal, adapt, reclaim our power, and grow into the most authentic versions of ourselves. I am humbled and honored to be able to guide others on their mental health journeys so they may become the versions of themselves that they always knew they could be.
As a clinical counselor, I strive to provide a comfortable and safe therapeutic environment for my clients to be able to openly discuss any life challenges they may face. I believe the therapeutic alliance between us is the foundation of the counseling process, and I hope to provide an empathetic, trauma-informed, and judgment-free counseling environment for my clients to express themselves openly. I believe everyone has their own unique life experiences and deserves to live a healthy life, regardless of what life experiences they may have endured or any mental health challenges they may be working on. That is why my therapeutic style is eclectic to fit each client’s unique needs, although my passion is holistic-based and person-centered with a focus on the client’s mind-body-spirit connection. I am trained in the art of yoga and meditation as well as mindfulness-based and cognitive-based therapies, which I have found to be effective for clients who have experienced trauma, depression, and anxiety. With the integration of my clinical counseling therapy skills, mindfulness and cognitive-based practices, and my yoga therapy techniques, I aim to provide adolescents, adults, couples, and families with an empathetic and empowering counseling experience to help you achieve your goals.
What do you love doing more than anything in the world?
Aerial yoga and video games
What is the self-care strategy you use most often?
Being active, whether it is through aerial silks, yoga, or skating, because movement therapy is very healing to me.
What is your favorite movie of all time?
Such a tough question because there are so many to choose from, but I would have to say Beetlejuice!