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Samantha Kostamo

M.A.-Level Counseling Intern

Samantha Kostamo Affordable Christian Counseling

Specialties

  • children and families
  • parenting and family dynamics

  • creative movement for children

  • first responders and military

  • burnout

  • depression/anxiety

  • women’s issues

  • personal development and identity 

  • trauma and addictions

  • play therapy

Client focus

Age

  • toddlers/preschoolers
  • children
  • preteens/tweens
  • teenagers 
  • adults (18+)
  • seniors (65+)

counseling type

  • individuals
  • couples
  • family

Locations

Centennial

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
-Nelson Mandela

Philosophy and Therapeutic Approach

I believe deeply in the organization of the family and the systems within it. Many times, family dysfunction can be due to unhealthy organizational and relationship patterns. Addressing the natural structure of the family can be a great starting place to help both kids and parents understand the unique family dynamics that exist, and untangle patterns to create positive change. 

I work with both families and children to develop healthy patterns of communication and interaction. Oftentimes, it can be the behavioral challenges of children that become important flags for the adults who care for them. Unhealthy child-to-family relationships can be very draining for everyone involved, and therapy can support better outcomes for both the child and family members. 

What to Expect in Therapy

When I work with kids, the first session is all about building a healthy, stable framework for the child. I want them to feel comfortable painting a picture of all of the details of their experience. Allowing the child to show me their best form of comfortable communication is very important to me–this could be through the language of play, talking, art, or even creative movement. 

My goal is to provide kids with all the age-appropriate tools to make a positive impact on their families. As a parent, you will also be provided these tools to build upon, strengthen, and renew a healthy family system.

Personal Qualifications and Experience

I started with a bachelor’s in early childhood education and began my career as a teacher in a very high-needs community. I thought this was going to lead to making a difference in impacting families and kids, but instead, it left me recognizing the foundational need for family support. As a teacher, I felt like I had a lot of the tools but no space to use them. I felt that I could have a greater impact in a different field, so I started researching the field of counseling and knew I’d found the right path! 

At Walden University I started with the family/couples program and transitioned to trauma and crisis and that far more describes our needs as a community and as human beings. I am currently finishing up my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a specialization in trauma as well as addiction counseling. 

Personal Interests

I live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with my husband and two young children of my own. We are a hiking, biking, skiing, climbing family. Get us outside and we are happy! We are a military family of 10+ years, and are familiar with the curveballs and quick transitions that life can throw at you! I look forward to building connections and making a positive impact on my community.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
– Dr Seuss

“One thing that I have learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having children should be fun.” – Jane Goodall

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