Counselor Sam, ALC, NCC

Location(s): Albertville 

Sam joined the Garrett Counseling team in 2024, and she has been working in the mental health field for over a year. She is an Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC04803) under the supervision of Dr. Ashley Garrett, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, ACS, NCC (LPC-S #0856). Sam has a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from University of North Alabama.

Sam enjoys working with neurodivergent clients, as well as those experiencing life transitions and anxiety. She uses a Person-Centered therapeutic approach. Sam shares, “I strive to create a space of comfortability for client authenticity. This often means meeting the client where they are and going at their pace. I have this viewpoint that everyone on the planet has a desire to feel a sense of belonging. We, as human beings, seek connection and want to be understood. This is what I hope to achieve through my counseling approach and therapy space.”

Highlights -
National Board of Certified Counselors, Alabama Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association
Sam practices wellness by reading fiction books, painting, listening to music, writing poetry/short stories, listening to educational podcasts (such as Divergent Conversations by Dr. Megan Anna Neff and Patrick Casale), and hiking with my partner. Sam and her partner have 5 cats: Bentley, Little, Daisy, Punky, and Teddy. Her favorite books include "The Giver" by Lois Lowry, the "Divergent" series by Veronica Roth, and "Self-Care For Autistic People" by Dr. Megan Anna Neff. She finds a special connection with Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. Sam says, "She is known for her intelligence, loyalty, and resourcefulness. Hermione cares deeply for those closest to her and uses her strengths to stand up for what she believes is right. Though she is more extroverted than me, she and I share similar hobbies like reading books and researching our special interests."