Samara Katten, LCSW

Hi, I'm Samara! (they/them)

“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” -Brene Brown

I believe that no one has one single story, and I take an intersectional, strength based approach to help you explore the many stories that have shaped who you are. Through development of a trusting and non-judgemental therapeutic relationship, we can collaborate to identify the best strategies to help you evolve and cultivate change in your life.

I am a queer, nonbinary identified therapist with a warm and authentic deamnor. I take an eclectic approach to therapy and utilize a wide array of modalities, including psychodynamic techniques, attachment-based, and trauma informed therapy, strength-based therapy, Gestalt therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, art and play therapy techniques, and Feminist therapy. I also incorporate mindfulness practice to help you discover how to become more present and connected to your mind, body and spirit. Whatever your current needs may be, we can work together to determine the best approach for you. 

I received my Master’s degree in social work from California State University, Northridge in 2016.  My clinical experiences include providing field-based mental health services and crisis interventions to underserved children, teens, adults, and families with various mental health struggles, including trauma, depression, and anxiety.  I have also worked with older adults and children on the Autism Spectrum and with learning disabilities.


  • Telehealth

Insurances Accepted:

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross

  • Cigna

  • Kaiser

  • MHN

  • Optum/United

  • Most PPO Plans as Out-Of-Network


  • Young Adults/Adults

  • Teens/adolescents

  • Children

  • Older Adults

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Power/Gender issues

  • Gender Identity Challenges

  • Transgender/Nonbinary

  • LGBTQIA+ Identity

  • Multi-Cultural/Multi-Generational/Intersectional Identity

  • Grief & Loss

  • Life Transitions

  • Communication and Relationships

  • Ethical Non-Monogamy

  • Physical/Mental/Spiritual Wellness

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