Dr. Samantha Kucaj

(Psy.D.)

About Me

I have a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology and am a Licensed Psychologist in the state of California. I began my graduate training in Chicago at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and after matching in Los Angeles for my pre-doctoral internship, I moved out west and decided the weather was nice enough to stay!
Although my specialty area is child and family psychology, I enjoy working with adolescents and adults experiencing such clinical issues as depression, anxiety, and management of ADHD symptoms. My other clinical interests include working with parents on establishing positive parenting practices and stress management.
My approach to therapy is person-centered, and trauma-focused; I draw from relational-cultural theory (RCT), cognitive-behavioral therapy, and other psychodynamic theories to help my clients reach their goals. Building insight, strengthening coping mechanisms, and identifying one's strengths to help work through various issues and alleviate symptoms are core tenets of my therapeutic approach.
I believe that establishing a strong working relationship with a therapist or counselor is an important first step toward making positive progress, and I value each of my clients and their individual experiences. The start of the therapeutic relationship is the beginning of a journey toward health and wellness, and I would be honored to make that journey with you.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
  • ADHD
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Self esteem , Coping with life changes , Divorce and Separation , Mood Disorders , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 6

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

Psychologist #PSY30599 (Expires: 2022-12-24)

PsyD #PSY30599 (Expires: 2022-12-24)


Reviews

Written by T.E. on Jun 25, 2020 after counseling with Samantha for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coaching, and compassion fatigue

The best!

Written by M.A. on Nov 19, 2019 after counseling with Samantha for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Dr. Kucaj is a really caring individual, and has offered me great insights into my issues in a short amount of time. I definitely feel validated and I'm excited to keep working with her.

Written by S.U. on Nov 19, 2019 after counseling with Samantha for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue

Dr. Kucaj is extremely professional and personable. Her genuine nature and warmth exudes through the screen. She is validating and non-judgmental.