Samantha ContrerasLCSW

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What is your style/approach to therapy?

I do not believe in a one size fits all approach as everyone is different. We all have individual strengths and limitations, what works well for one person may not work for the next. I utilize an integration of modalities to best fit individual needs and to aid in behavior modification. I implement evidence-based therapy techniques including, but not limited to, mindfulness-based interventions, IBCT, CBT, ACT, and DBT to address symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relational problems, and/or other life stressors.

How do you determine therapy goals with clients? What does that process look like?

Through a collaborative process, therapy goals are developed and defined. Treatment planning is started during the intake and is completed after 2-3 sessions to ensure accuracy.

What does a first session with you look like?

I will describe myself as fun, warm, welcoming and easy to talk to. The first session will be about developing rapport to build a strong therapeutic relationship and to ensure comfortability. We will discuss your mental health history and back ground while I learn about what brings you in for counseling. Treatment begins during the first session and homework is assigned to develop a foundation.



Adolescent mental health

Gender identity & transgender health

General Expertise


Anger management

Autism spectrum disorder

Body dysmorphia


Communication issues

Dissociative disorders

LGBTQIA related issues



First Session


Family Therapy


Couples Therapy


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Couples Session

Individual Session



Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-65)

Adolescents (13-17)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Practices

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Positive Psychology

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Training / Certifications



AZ, LCSW, 18309


Masters in social work

Work History

Couples therapist Individual counseling Adolescent therapist Group therapy Inpatient/outpatient


2030 E Broadway #113, Tucson, 85719, AZ