Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

  • Samantha Christopher, M.A. Samantha Christopher, M.A.

Samantha Christopher, M.A.

Therapeutic Style:

I approach therapy from an integrative perspective, bringing together feminist, multicultural, and existential approaches with other therapeutic tools like narrative, solution-focused, and interpersonal process interventions. In line with my integrative approach, I cater the therapy experience to meet clients’ specific needs and goals and have a particular focus on variables that make each person unique – including intersecting identities, culture, and personal strengths.

Supervision Style: 

Similar to my therapeutic style, I take an individualized approach to supervision that addresses supervisees’ goals, growth areas, unique attributes, and strengths. Within the supervisory relationship I seek a developmentally appropriate balance of collaboration, challenge, and support; I seek to foster a space for supervisees to reflect on themselves (both personally and professionally), the clients they work with, and how the social and political worlds around them may be impacting their work.

Professional Interests:

I welcome and enjoy working with people who come to therapy with a variety of presenting concerns. These include, but are not at all limited to: anxiety and panic, depression, vocational and career development, adjusting and/or transitioning to new phases in life, relationship/family concerns, and identity exploration. Although some might think that my feminist orientation means that I only work with women, I have a particular interest in working with men and men’s issues.

Groups and Liaison Roles:

This year I will be co-facilitating one of the Buckeye Brothers groups with Dr. Kipp Pietrantonio and Memory Circles with Dr. Jeeseon Park-Saltzman. I am also one of the Residence Life Liaisons to the Carmen residence halls.

Educational Background:

I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and am currently completing my doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University with a certificate in Women’s Studies. I will graduate with my Ph.D. in August 2018.

Personal Interests:

In my personal life I practice yoga and meditation to maintain a sense of balance and use those tools to help me continue learning about myself as a human being. I also enjoy reading, nature, running, standup comedy, Netflix-ing, walking and cuddling with my dogs, and I have recently begun to take advantage of the several disc golf courses in central Ohio!

My Pronouns:  

she/her/hers