My name is Sam Urena (she/her). I moved to Santa Barbara to attend UCSB and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in English. It was through books, literature, and poetry that I learned my love for listening to the human experience. Later, I would receive my Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University for the same reason: my love for listening to the human experience.
My approach is client-centered meaning I believe that you are the ultimate expert of your life. I’m here to help you through providing empathy, perspective, and a non-judgemental space. Therapy is co-created and what I mean by that is: we are doing this together. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the soil for healing and together we use evidence-based practices to water and nurture growth. I’m here to depathogize your pain and help you move through the realities of life with love, compassion, and wisdom.
Through my work for Pacific Pride Foundation, I am trained to provide LGBTQ+ affirming services.
I also have experience as a substitute teacher which has enabled me to understand and experience what students’ daily lives are like. I work with students with classroom and homework anxieties along with the other challenges school can bring.
I specialize in LGBTQ+ issues as well as Religious Trauma Recovery. Feel free to reach out to learn more.