Samantha Abbatiello, APCC #7322

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, Under Licensed Supervision

Sam believes that each individual is the expert on themselves and that through the development of a deep and trusting therapeutic relationship she can help guide her clients towards recovery and beyond. She is non-judgemental, open-minded, and enjoys getting creative to support each client’s individual needs. Sam has a passion for working with teens and their families as they move through the discomfort of a young person’s journey towards individuation. Sam enjoys helping adult clients improve their mental health and wellness through focused and effective therapy. 

Sam uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT) to help clients overcome symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Sam has experience providing individual and family therapy (including parent coaching) for youth experiencing behavioral issues and ADHD. She also has experience and training in therapy for children, teens, and adults who are survivors of sexual abuse or assault. 

Sam received her B.A. in Sociology from Villanova University and M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Connecticut State University. Personally, she is passionate about natural health, creative cooking, hiking, reading, and traveling.

Location

Ages

  • Adults (18+ years)
  • Teens (14-17 years)
  • Pre-Teens (12-13 years)

Type of Therapy

  • Individual
  • Family

Concerns

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Difficulties
  • Depression
  • Family Problems
  • LGBTQIA+, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
  • Life Transitions
  • Panic Attacks
  • Parenting
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Relationships/Communication
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Social Anxiety/Phobia
  • Stress

Special Interests

  • Trauma

Experience 4+ years

Certifications 

  • Trauma focused CBT

Intensive Study/Specialization

  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • TEAM CBT (David Burns)
What is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)?

Professional counselor education and training standards for licensure are on par with marriage and family therapists and clinical social workers, the other two master’s level mental health providers in the state. Requirements for California’s Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) include:

  • Possession of a 60-unit master’s or doctoral degree in counseling, or a closely related degree, from a regionally
    accredited or “approved” institution of higher education that includes certain core content areas
  • Completion of a minimum of 3,000 hours of post-master’s supervised clinical experience, performed over two years, and continuing education hours for renewal
  • Passage of the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination (NCMHCE) and a California Law & Ethics Exam
  • Adherence to a strict Code of Ethics and recognized standards of practice, as regulated by California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences

How can a LPCC help me?

Like other mental health professionals such as social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, LMFTs, LPCC’s help clients by diagnosing and treating common emotional and behavioral difficulties that interfere with functioning at an optimal level. LPCC’s use empirical-supported counseling techniques to help their clients achieve desired goals.