My name is Samantha Moore and “Chill” is my middle name. Actually, it isn’t, my real middle name is Tyler, but what I mean is that I pride myself on providing a relaxed, safe environment in each counseling session, so people can be themselves. Being yourself and opening up with your therapist will help ensure you get closer to your life’s goals!
I grew up as an “Army brat” and moved around several times before my family settled in Fayetteville, NC. The most interesting place I lived in was in Hawaii but was unfortunate enough to be too young to remember any of it. Moving around so much, I had a hard time fitting in with my peers. Moving from North Carolina to New York was hard for me, and I was frequently bullied by other children. Experiencing hardships, transitions, and feeling like an outsider is what lead me on a career path toward counseling. I knew at age 12 years old, that I wanted to help others and become a counselor. As a result, I have a big heart for others, especially those who are in their formative middle school and high school years.
I studied Psychology and minored in Women’s Studies at Mars Hill University in 2014 where I was involved in several volunteer positions, including working with elementary students, a homeless shelter, a food pantry, and an afterschool program called “Girls on the Run” which helped young girls build self-esteem and healthy habits. In 2017 I completed my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In August 2021 I became Licensed as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). I have a particular interest in gender and sexuality and have been very privileged to work with members of the LGBTQIA+ community. It is my goal to provide a safe space where people can grow into their authentic selves.
I have experience with both community-based care and outpatient therapy. I have worked with a variety of people with many different diagnoses and situations. I have counseled people experiencing depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, personality disorders, and self-esteem issues. It is my goal to help people face each challenge with support and compassion. I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and I like to explore meaning with clients. I also have training in Gottman methods for relationship care, repair, and maintenance.
I am very passionate about helping others! I even play a Cleric (a healer) in Dungeons and Dragons. I am currently looking to work with teens, adults, and couples. I feel it is a privilege to work with people on their journey of building a meaningful life. I hope to help you understand yourself better and that you feel “seen”, as a result of working with me.
When I’m not working, I enjoy artistic hobbies such as paper crafting, crochet, and painting. I also enjoy reading and annoying my husband. I also like to obsess over one TV show at a time and form emotional attachments to fictional characters. When there isn’t a pandemic, I enjoy trips to Disney World.