Samuel Parker

(LCSW, CEAP, MSW)

About Me

My commitment to helping people heal and grow from personal and family crises has taken me in many directions, from managing human service non-profits to providing direct therapy and treatment.
I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after getting my MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. I have provided family, group, individual counseling to a variety of clients in various clinical settings since then. I have experience using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, and other appropriate interventions when working with people suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, and other family and individual crises. I also have experience in Crisis Intervention techniques and Trauma-Focused Treatment. I have worked with individuals who have experienced child abuse, domestic violence, and other forms of trauma throughout my career. These types of problems co-exist with grief and loss and significant relationship issues.
My goal is always to provide a safe and therapeutic environment for the client to begin their journey of healing.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Intimacy-related issues
  • Coaching
Also experienced in:
Trauma and abuse , Grief , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , Communication Problems

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 45

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #C000461 (Expires: 2021-06-01)


Reviews

Written by K.A. on Sep 05, 2020 after counseling with Samuel for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coaching

I have referred two friends to him

Written by N.A. on Aug 25, 2020 after counseling with Samuel for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and career difficulties

I have worked with Sam for a more than 6 months. He saved me from desperate and hopeless. We all need support emotionally. Sam definitely a VIP in my life...

Written by L.A. on Aug 06, 2020 after counseling with Samuel for 2 weeks

Sam is very perceptive and insightful. I think he can help me a great deal.

Written by C.H. on May 25, 2020 after counseling with Samuel for 10 months on issues concerning sleeping disorders

Validates my feelings and provide insight to get me out of a negative moment. Helps me understand my emotions so I can better handle stressors.

Written by K.A. on May 22, 2020 after counseling with Samuel for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Sam has been excellent in the almost 1 year of sessions that we've had. His background has helped address a lot of concerns/issues that have arisen. In a world where everything is online right now, I'm grateful that I started virtual sessions with him several months ago. He is able to relieve my stressors and encourage me through both day to day concerns and some bigger issues around trauma as well.

Written by M.A. on May 07, 2020 after counseling with Samuel for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Sam is experienced, kind and a great listener. He offers a comfortable, safe place to explore your feelings. I would highly recommend him. He’s one of those people that when you talk to him, you feel like you’ve been friends for years.

Written by J.A. on Apr 10, 2020 after counseling with Samuel for 10 months

Very supportive during a difficult time. Utilizes the medium very well.

Written by C.H. on Feb 13, 2020 after counseling with Samuel for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Sam is wonderful and supportive. He has been helping me work through a rough patch in my life, working with me to find my confidence, help me to see that my life's disappointments are not ally fault and helping me gain independence from toxic people in my life. He goes out of his way to be available to me. He has helped me cope and is helping me heal by examining my relationship dynamics (family and profession). I am better able to handle this period of transition in my life. I am glad he is there to listen when I need him.

Written by R.O. on Dec 30, 2019 after counseling with Samuel for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

Sam is a thoughtful and active listener who is able to discern concerns and distill important information during and in-between sessions, to provide helpful feedback. He is responsive and affirming, with an innate ability to assess root causes of issues and offer helpful guidance on resolving long standing, internal conflicts that lead to freedom and strength in moving forward with clarity and confidence. I highly recommend Sam's clear experience and expertise.

Written by C.A. on Dec 11, 2019 after counseling with Samuel for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Sam has been such a huge help to me since we started working together. He's really helped me uncover some important truths about myself and my history, and he's helped me identify a path forward for myself. I feel optimistic after our sessions and I genuinely feel he is interested, paying attention and invested in my progress. I'm so thankful to have been matched with him, he is a fantastic therapist and his style and expertise really match my personality and therapy needs.

Written by M.A. on Nov 26, 2019 after counseling with Samuel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Sam is an amazing counselor. Would 100% recommend him.

Written by T.O. on Nov 18, 2019 after counseling with Samuel for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, and coaching

Sam is kind, compassionate, challenging, and real. I love his demeanor and how he creates a safe space. He is open to meeting my needs and does everything he can to show his support. I am going through a tough and confusing time in my life and I always look forward to our sessions. I know I am going to walk away with more insight then I came in with. Sam has the skills to slow me down and help me see things in a different light. I could not recommend him enough.

Written by J.U. on Oct 10, 2019 after counseling with Samuel for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Sam is wonderful! He always addresses all of my concerns, which can sometimes be many. He has wonderful insight and is wonderful all around.

Written by D.A. on Jul 18, 2019 after counseling with Samuel for 2 months

Sam is the best! He's always there when you need him. He has helped me tremendously through a tough time in my life. I'm so grateful for him!

Written by M.I. on Feb 22, 2019 after counseling with Samuel for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and intimacy-related issues

I’ve loved being counseled my Mr. Parker. He’s empathetic and knowledgeable. He touches on each point I make and topic I bring up, defines it, shares more resources on it, and suggests what to do next. I would highly recommend using him as a counselor.

Written by P.R. on Oct 18, 2018 after counseling with Samuel for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and self esteem

I really appreciated Sam's help. He's been extremely understanding and encouraging in his support, in reaching out to me, and also helping me to understand my situation.

Written by K.A. on Oct 18, 2018 after counseling with Samuel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Sam has been incredibly understanding and helpful. There were several things I was apprehensive about sharing, but he has been completely professional and nonjudgmental. His responses are timely and I really appreciate how much he has helped me process.

Written by M.I. on Oct 14, 2018 after counseling with Samuel for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and career difficulties

Sam, in a sort period of time has become my best friend, my big brothers shoulder to cry on, yet he gives me strength and affirmation which I so need to hear. I am amazed at how quickly he learned how my mind was seeing my reality, in a few words he makes me feel " I can do this. "

Written by A.M. on Jul 10, 2018 after counseling with Samuel for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Absolutely amazing counselor. He is genuine and caring, listens and offers insight. He has greatly helped me through this difficult time.

Written by R.O. on Jun 06, 2018 after counseling with Samuel for 1 month on issues concerning relationship, and intimacy-related

Sams experience, professionalism and care were evident from the very first session. BetterHelp is blessed to have such an experienced and wise counselor on their staff.