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Samantha McGee is an Associate Clinical Counsellor with MindRight Counselling & Consulting. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Antioch University in Seattle, WA. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors (BCACC) and a Registered Chemical Dependency Counselor with the Washington State Department of Health. In addition, Samantha is currently in her 7th year and close to completion of her PsyD degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University.
Samantha has worked for various inpatient and outpatient settings in Washington state including; acute hospitalization for severe mental health issues (including risk assessments), eating disorders, and substance abuse issues, for over 9 years. She has done individual and group counseling with adolescents, young (emerging) adults, and adults. She has volunteered for hospice, supporting families and patients in their last days. Most recently, Samantha has completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Counselling Services.
Samantha has a holistic and relational perspective when it comes to healing, understanding that change often comes out of connecting back to our authentic and true self (body, mind, and spirit). This involves learning to relate differently to ourselves (thoughts/feelings) that often contribute to our psychological inflexibility. Samantha integrates an ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), IFS (integrated family systems), polyvagal theory (nervous system) approach, along with compassion-based interventions and attachment theory. She believes in the Humanistic perspective that we all will experience psychological suffering in our lifetime and the efforts to control or get rid of this is what often contributes to the clinical issues we are wanting to avoid. Samantha has a research interest in the area of Faith and Psychology, esp. in creating a non-judgmental space for individuals struggling and wrestling with their faith/beliefs.
Samantha’s heart intention is to create safe and secure spaces to develop curiosity and compassion in relationships (with ourselves and others), while cultivating the courage and ability to sit with difficult things (esp. emotional). She has a special interest in working with individuals who may have more highly sensitive traits (HSP), high anxiety, perfectionism, people-pleasing/co-dependency, caregivers, and leaders who feel overwhelmed and shame/guilt taking care of themselves and resting.