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Sam Poyta, MSW, LICSW

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Master's of Social Work, University of Washington 2018
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, University of Virginia 2009


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2018. During graduate school, I interned at the Wallingford Community Senior Center where I created and facilitated a multigenerational consciousness raising group, LIFE—Lessons in Female Experience. As part of my graduate coursework, I also conducted a 6-month research study that measured community gardening’s impact on health outcomes for the City of Seattle's P-Patch Community Garden Program. Post grad school, I taught yoga and meditation to older adults and people living with chronic pain and illness.

Additionally, I was an on-site Case Manager for Compass Housing Alliance where I provided crisis counseling and advocated for community members with a history of long-term homelessness. Most recently before starting a private practice, I worked as a Mental Health Therapist for Sea Mar Community Health Centers, providing bilingual (English and Spanish) individual and family counseling.

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I specialize in working with adults seeking support with acute and complex trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use, chronic pain and illness, greater relationship satisfaction and power imbalances at work, home and in the larger social spheres. My therapeutic approach is collaborative and supported by evidenced-based practices, (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), as well as the lessons to be learned from nature and ancient ways of healing and being. 

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