Samantha Schalk

LMSW, CAADC

Too often I have heard clients say they are waiting for their life to get better or be what they want instead of accepting their life now and embracing who they are. Once you accept your life, you can move past misery and pain, discomfort and issues from the past. I focus on who you are NOW and what needs to happen to live the life you want.

“Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.” –Brene’ Brown

Approach

I utilize humor in my treatment in a down-to-earth style of being very real and directive. My goal is to recognize your strengths and work with your personality. This approach allows me to challenge your unhealthy patterns of behavior and help you to change your life. I will call you on your behaviors that are allowing you to continue in the cycle of frustration. I will help you to change your perspective.

One of my client told me, “I love how you never tell me to do things I wouldn’t do, like yoga or journal.” I told the client, “No, because I know that is not you. You would not do those things and I am not going to suggest something that wouldn’t be realistic for you. But, I did tell the client I saw before you to do both of those things, because that IS what she would do.” My work style has been described by others as warm, compassionate, insightful, intuitive, energizing, and non-judgmental.

Experience

I have always had a desire to go into private practice (since watching Dr. Seaver on Growing Pains). Days after graduating from my Master’s program, I began pursuing that opportunity. Now, after years of experience as a clinician working directly with clients since 2002 and acting as Site Supervisor at List Psychological Services for over four years, those dreams have come to fruition.

For these last 14 years, I have worked to expand my education and learn anything possible to help my clients. I have frequently told my clients that I work with anyone for any issue. I really enjoy the diversity of challenges. It is a pleasure to help a young child with ADHD, then an adult struggling with a substance use disorder, and then a couple with communication problems. I focus on my clients’ best interest. I love what I do and feel privileged and honored to share the journey of change with my clients.

My experience also includes working with groups for children and adults. I have facilitated groups for individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT Groups. Several years ago, I developed and facilitated the Self-Development Therapy Group, specializing in relationships, self-esteem and stress management, putting together some of my favorite issues to treat.

Education:

Masters Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University

Certificates/Licenses:

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)

Comprehensive Training in:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques
  • Substance and Co-occurring Treatment
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Professional Organization:

Tri-County Association of Psychotherapists

Areas of specialty include:

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Energy Therapy
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Adjustment/Transitions
  • Mindfulness
  • OCD
  • Parenting Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Teen Issues
  • Trauma
  • Spirituality
  • Substance Use Issues

Special Interests:

Providing treatment with areas of Relationship Issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, Self-Esteem Issues, Energy Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Substance Treatment

Outside Work Interests:

Reading, Writing, Camping, Scrapbooking and Traveling

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