Samantha

Fogel

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
she/her
PRACTICE FULL
ON LEAVE

Samantha is here to support you with managing stress, relationship challenges, boundaries, and self-discovery.

Samantha works with post-secondary students and young professionals to manage stress and anxiety in their work, school, and interpersonal relationships. Through exploring past and present experiences, Samantha can support you in developing a greater understanding and perspective on your current challenges, which Samantha believes are important pillars for healing and positive change. In her practice, Samantha also emphasizes self-care as integral in setting personal boundaries, preventing burnout, and leading a fulfilling life.

Samantha is a warm and sincere person who will gently encourage you to work through difficult emotions and experiences to uncover patterns that may hinder growth. What you can expect when working with Samantha is a safe and collaborative space that allows for insightful discussion, self-exploration, and a strong therapeutic relationship to flourish.

Samantha works primarily from psychodynamic and emotion-focused frameworks, but with an additional focus on attachment and self-compassion. Through this lens, Samantha will support you along your therapy journey to develop greater insight into how you navigate and experience your environment and inner world, so that you may feel better equipped to manage current and future challenges.

She believes that great healing and growth can be achieved through therapy when we are committed to the process of self-discovery.

Right for you if:

You’re looking to better manage your stress and anxiety.
You’re interested in exploring your personal history and attachment, to better understand, and cope with your current challenges.
You’re looking for support to identify and effectively communicate your needs, and boundaries.
You’re looking for support in understanding yourself and your emotions on a deeper level.

More about

Samantha

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University (2021)

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Ryerson University (2018)

Music-Integrated Therapy Training – In progress (Seabrook Music Therapy) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Beginners (Psychwire)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Part 1 (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (Canadian Mental Health Association)

safeTALK (LivingWorks)

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

Ontario Society for Registered Psychotherapists

Q&A

What do you do to take care of your own mental health?
Throughout the pandemic, I got really into reading. I love being immersed in an interesting story that helps me take my mind off things for a little while. I enjoy listening to music, as it makes me feel connected to myself and my emotions. I also enjoy journaling, especially when I might be experiencing self-doubt or negative self-talk (yes, therapists experience these things too!). Journaling helps me express myself, make sense of my thoughts and feelings, and allows me to view my experiences from a different perspective.
What would you say to a friend struggling with a mental health issue?
What I would say to someone struggling with a mental health issue is that I understand it can feel scary and overwhelming, but you are not alone. You are loved, you are cared for, and there is nothing wrong with you. You are not weak, you are not damaged, you are a human being, experiencing what it means to be human. We are all just human beings, trying our very best to navigate through this world. Nobody is perfect. We all go through struggles, and there are people out there who can help and support you with whatever you may be going through.
What is a motto or idea that gives you reassurance when you’re having a difficult time?
There are several things I remind myself of during difficult times, but one that stands out to me is "you are safe, you will be okay". Sometimes when life gets really overwhelming, I too experience anxiety like a lot of my clients. Whenever I start to feel panicked, I take a moment to remind myself that I am safe, I am capable, and tomorrow is a new day. I usually find this calms me down and reminds me that everything will be fine and I can handle whatever comes my way.

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