Sam Poyta, MSW, LSWAIC
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate 2020
Master's of Social Work, University of Washington 2018
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, University of Virginia 2009
I am a Licensed Associate 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 entitled 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. During the pandemic, I was an on-site Case Manager for Compass Housing Alliance where I provided trauma-informed crisis counseling and advocated for community members with a history of long-term homelessness. Most recently, I worked as a Mental Health Therapist for Sea Mar Community Health Centers, providing bilingual (English and Spanish) individual counseling.
I specialize in working with adults seeking support with depression, anxiety, substance use, chronic pain and illness, femininity in the modern age, 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.