Samara Quintero

Samara Quintero, LMFT, CHT

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Video Therapy starting at $130
  • Specializing in: Anxiety, Codependency, Self-Esteem, Trauma, Women's issues
  • Years of Experience: 8
" I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." - Carl Jung

In what ways have your personal experiences influenced your work with your clients?

The way in which my personal experiences has influenced my work with clients is in my own personal quest for self fulfillment and deep understanding of self.

Since moving to Fort Lauderdale over a decade ago in pursuit of my master's degree, I have been on a deep spiritual and existential journey of understanding my purpose on earth and who I am as a human being.
Through this process, I have engaged in my own personal psychotherapy, and participated in a two year clinical hypnotherapy retreat program in which not only did I learn techniques and skills as a clinician, but engaged in deep personal work to heal the inner wounds that kept me from fully embracing and accepting myself.
As I healed myself, I became better able to guide others on their own journey of inner healing.

What would be important for someone to know about working with you?

Something important for a new client to know is that my job as their therapist, is to serve as their guide . I often tell my client, that we are walking a trail together and the mountain is their journey, their life path.

I offer assistance, compassion, and a challenging voice to keep them pushing forward on that path. The work is done by the client, since after all, it is their trail and the hike is theirs.

However when we've never walked a particular trail or are working towards developing a new way of thinking and walking in life, we need the guidance of someone who can offer an outside, unbiased perspective.
Sometimes walking the path means facing unresolved feelings, buried wounds, and subconscious limiting beliefs that have kept the client from getting to where they'd like to be in life. We work together to clear those barriers which have kept them from making real long lasting change.

Through this work, we forge a new path , a new way of being in which my client is able to reach the goals they are seeking to attain.

What does success look like in therapy? How will a client know that they are making progress?

Success in therapy looks like gaining a deeper understanding of why you act the way you do, and a deeper awareness of the beliefs about yourself that inform those behaviors. You begin to learn where those beliefs come from, and then begin to work to change those beliefs and in turn change your behavior.

You'll know you're making progress when it feels like you are responding rather than reacting, observing your emotions without becoming attached, and choosing more intentionally how to show up in relationships.

Your inner world will no longer feel torturous or filled with suffering that often manifests in overwhelming anxiety or self defeating thoughts. A deeper sense of compassion and acceptance for yourself will develop, allowing you to experience the present moment rather than feeling stuck in the past or attempting to control the future.

Specialties

Anxiety

Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.

Codependency

Involves a person sacrificing their needs to meet the needs of others. Their thoughts and actions center on a significant other, spouse, friend, or relative. Becomes an issue when relationships are unbalanced and unhealthy.

Self-Esteem

Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.

Trauma

Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.

Women's issues

Women’s health is regarded as the holistic being and experience of being female. This extends beyond consideration for illness and other complex conditions but to general considerations of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Issues may include female oppression, socialized gender role, female reproductive issues, motherhood, body image, divorce, and substance use.

General Expertise

  • Careers
  • Coping Skills
  • Dependence issues
  • Depression
  • Family issues
  • Life coaching
  • Performance anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Social Anxiety
  • Spirituality & religion based issues
  • Stress
  • Substance abuse
  • Work Stress

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Jungian Therapy
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Fees

  • $130
    First Session / Assessment
  • $130
    Individual Session
$130 First Session / Assessment
$130 Individual Session

Education

  • Master of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, Nova Southeastern University

Training / Certifications

  • Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist
  • Trauma Specialist
  • Trauma Incident Reduction Certification

Work History

In addition to my private practice, I have worked in a variety of settings with various populations including:
*Substance Abuse rehabilitation with adults recovering from a variety of addiction issues
*Intensive Outpatient Programs serving individuals with co-occurring disorders
*In Home Therapy facilitating individual and family sessions to families with mental health and interpersonal issues
*Court ordered outpatient group and individual therapy including facilitating the Batterer’s Intervention Program, Anger Management Program, and Substance Abuse treatment
Coordinating and facilitating Trauma Intensive programs in residential treatment programs

Licensure

  • FL, LMFT, MT3265

Location

2601 E Oakland Park Blvd, Suite 502, Oakland Park, FL, 33339