“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” - Audre Lorde


Samantha withrow (sam), LCSW


Path

I sort-of fell into therapy through exposure to some really strong people who shared their incredibly life-changing experiences with me. I worked with several crisis agencies and organizations focusing on trauma and came to love the change that people were able to enact and create in their lives in the midst of chaos. I came to understand the types of pain that people inflicted on one another, and on themselves, and what the consequences of those actions could be for not only themselves but for those around them. Understanding how to help those suffering from pain, either at their hands or by someone else’s became a passion of mine. This drove me to obtain my undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware, majoring in Psychology and Women’s Studies, with a concentration in Domestic Violence Policy and Prevention. From there, I attended graduate school at The University of South Carolina, and graduated with my Master of Social Work degree. 


Experience

In 2009, I began work with Child, Inc. in the New Castle County Courthouse, helping victims of domestic violence file for Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders. After realizing the passion I had for social services and mental health, I started work with People’s Place SAFE Program and Contact Lifeline. I later began work with House of Ruth in Baltimore, Maryland. When engaged with each of these agencies, I focused on work with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and those in active crisis. I later left Baltimore for graduate school in South Carolina, and began training with the Richland County Special Victim’s Unit, and Lexington Medical Center (a medical-surgical hospital) on the PCU and Interventional floors. During this time in South Carolina, I also worked with Carolina Children’s Home, a residential treatment facility for children in state custody with severe behavioral and mental health issues. After returning from South Carolina, I returned to work with the mental health community in Delaware as a Social Worker, and then as a Social Work Coordinator and a Community Liaison. I also worked with Amedisys Home Health in Sussex County. My experience as a social worker has been varied and I have been fortunate enough to work with adolescent and adult populations in a variety of medical and mental health settings, as well as with specialized populations (women’s mental health, domestic violence, sexual assault, and family crisis). 


Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) 

Personal Philosophy

I believe in the tenets of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and that we, as humans, have the capacity to change our behaviors, thoughts, and our actions. I also believe in the philosophies of Narrative Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. As a practitioner, I feel that I have to continuously learn about emerging theories in human behavior to best help and understand the experiences of my clients. To be the best practitioner I can be, I merge and blend therapeutic practices as they best fit the needs of each individual client. I feel that humans are resilient and strong, and I believe in helping clients find that strength.