A frequent media contributor and sought-after expert for both local and national media, Dr. Samantha has appeared on CW, FOX, NBC, CBS, Emotional MoJo, Daytime and Heart&Soul. A contributing expert for Huffington Post, she is the author of the bestselling book, Strike it Happy! 101 Reflections to Revolutionize Your Life, the Strike it Happy! Journal, and Magnify Your Brilliance: 5 Keys to a Powerful Life. Dr. Samantha co-authored the bestselling books Motherhood Dreams & Success and You Are Whole, Perfect, and Complete…Just as You Are.
She has worked in a variety of mental health care settings, including at the DC Department of Mental Health providing services to middle/high school youth; managing a program overseeing the mental health care of youth in residential treatment around the US; and directing multiple programs at a residential treatment center for adolescents. Dr. Samantha has also served as an adjunct faculty member at GWU. She has presented at local and national conferences on issues related to parenting, bullying, and the impact of violence and trauma on children and youth. Dr. Samantha has been the coordinating expert in school-based crises in the Washington, D.C. public and charter schools, as well as national and international disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
She is passionate about supporting teens and college aged students more easily transition into adulthood and overcome the hurdles to gaining independence. She also assists parents regarding any emotional or behavioral issues they may be concerned about with their adolescent. She has worked for more than 15 years with young people coping with issues related to depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, peer problems, bullying, complicated family dynamics/divorce, substance abuse, cutting, teen pregnancy and sexuality/sexual health. Dr. Samantha’s local practice, MindShift Psychological Services, is in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego.