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Samantha Merse, LAC, ATR-P
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Samantha Merse, LAC, ATR-P

Therapist

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New Jersey

Specialties

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About

Samantha is an Art Therapist who has worked with a range of different people, from substance use to depression to personality disorders and more. Samantha has experience working at an intensive outpatient and partial hospital program where she worked closely with individuals who were more high-risk. While there, she was able to develop her skills as a clinician, honing her skills using art therapy, DBT/CBT skills, coping skills, and more under a more person-centered approach. As an art therapist, Samantha encourages clients to utilize more creative ways to express themselves, especially for those who might find it harder to communicate their feelings using words.

Samantha also has worked closely with individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community and emphasizes the importance of giving those individuals a space to be heard.

When not working, Samantha enjoys creating art, watching anime, and playing video games. Samantha also loves watching movies, going to walk around the zoo or antique malls, or just spending time with her family.

Locations:

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New Jersey

Credentials, Qualifications and Languages

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    Caldwell University, Masters in Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy Specialization, 2022

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    Montclair State University, Bachelors of Fine Art with Studio Concentration, 2015

As a student, Samantha found a passion working with clients within the LGBTQ+ community. It became important to continue her education regarding the community, one that she was also a part of and constantly learning from, and use that knowledge to better engage with clients and fellow students. While getting her Bachelors in art, Samantha was introduced to the world of Art Therapy and from there knew that was her passion and found her calling.

Why Healthcare

When in college getting her bachelor's, Samantha felt lost in who she was and what she really wanted to do. After taking an Intro to Art Therapy course and being introduced to Therapy and Counseling, a spark ignited within her that was missing. From that moment, Samantha felt like she found herself and, since then, wanted to help others find themselves as well. Being able to help others in their times of need and giving them the support and tools to get to a better mental headspace is an honor that Samantha does not take for granted.

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