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Samuel Allen

Samuel Allen

Sam Allen is a couples and family therapist with a special interest in gender & sexual minorities.

Utilizing integrative techniques based in cognitive-behavioral, feminist, and inter-generational models of therapy, Sam enjoys working with couples and individuals across a range of relational and identity-based concerns. In addition to working with couples and individuals of all genders, Sam has experience with eating disorders, anxiety, mindfulness, poly/kink and queer issues, and family-of-origin concerns. Sam can conduct therapy in Hebrew and enjoys working with culturally diverse clientele.

When not working with clients directly, Sam is currently ABD in completing his PhD in family science at the University of Maryland; his research focuses on transgender and gender non-conforming children and racial minority families. Sam also teaches undergraduate courses in gender, race, and families and is an AAMFT-approved supervisor candidate and provider of supervision to junior therapists. Interested candidates for supervision may contact Sam at at phone number below.

Call 202-629-1949 ext 11 for a consult with Sam

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Introduction:

My goal as a psychotherapist is simple: to improve your overall joy, satisfaction in life, and wellbeing. While this often looks different from one individual or couple to the next, my overarching goal remains the same.

My training as a couples and family therapist resulted in my systemic approach in therapy. This means I like to find out about the various influences that have shaped your life, in addition to how you think or feel. I was privileged to have trained directly with a world-renowned scholar in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a modality about which I feel strongly and one I find quite useful in both couple and individual counseling. I have also been mentored by local leaders in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), and am influenced by feminist and inter-generational schools of therapeutic thought.

I am an active member of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), with professional feet in its LGBTQ, feminist, and ethnic minority sections. I am also a member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), and the American Sociological Association (ASA).

By day, I am a full-time doctoral candidate in the Department of Family Science at The University of Maryland. I study, teach, present, and publish about queer families and Black families, and I have a particular interest in the intersection of sexual- and racial-minority identities. My current projects include the families of transgender and gender non-conforming children, and Black immigrant LGBT adults. Both my studies and my clinical work are strongly informed by a passion for social justice, and a belief in equity and respect for every human being.

Personal Biography:

I am a queer academic and clinician devoted to social justice with and passion for improving people’s lives. However, the journey of finding this identity hasn’t been without its bumps along the way. I was raised in an insular and very religious cultural community which made my queer identity realization, development, and coming-out processes quite challenging. Partly due to my experiences of oppression as a sexual/gender minority, I came to recognize the unfortunate, systemic, and pervasive discrimination that exists. Through both my own personal and professional experiences, I am acutely aware of, and sensitive to, the experience of minorities and oppressed persons.

My own growth and resilience over the years has helped forge my desire to help folks overcome adversities. I look forward to doing so with you, helping you find balance, growth, and newfound happiness.

My Specialty Areas, Interests, & Populations:

COUPLES

  • Dysfunctional communication
  • Conflict
  • Infidelity
  • Lack of intimacy and/or lack of trust
  • Pre-marital counseling
  • Sex therapy including:
    • Troubleshooting low libido
    • Creating safe and fun way to talk about sexual wishes
    • Improving sexual communication
    • Creating clear and healthy boundaries (monogamous, non-monogamous, or something else)
    • Facilitating safe, non-shaming dialogue about sexual addiction or compulsive sexual habit

Other Presenting Concerns—individuals:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Identity issues
  • Family of origin concerns
  • Eating disorders
  • Stress management
  • Mindfulness training and practice

Populations:

  • Individuals of all genders and sexualities
  • Couples of all genders and sexualities, including same-sex couples
  • Interracial, intercultural, and interreligious couples
  • Racial minorities, including, but not limited to: Black, biracial, and multi-racial couples and individuals
  • Ethnic and cultural minorities
  • Jewish couples and individuals
  • Kink and/or Poly couples and individuals
  • Siblings, especially those 18+
  • Mothers of all ages
  • Young, middle-aged, and older adults

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202-505-4528

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