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Samantha approaches her work with clients and your decision to enter therapy with openness, respect, and curiosity. She believes that the therapeutic relationship acts as a healing agent, allowing the opportunity to grow and heal. Samantha's approach is interactive and dynamic, meaning she will work collaboratively with you in a reflective process that aims to help you become more connected and integrated with all the parts of your self. Samantha's style incorporates awareness of the past with a focus on improving satisfaction and fulfillment in the present. We will work together to better understand how long standing patterns shaped by past experiences, fears, and inner conflicts could be impacting your current relationships, expectations, and beliefs. She believes that therapy is just as much about feeling validated and heard as it is about actively empowering yourself to direct your own life. Samantha utilizes your strengths to foster the development of coping skills that support you in promoting positive change and reaching your goals. 


Samantha received her Masters in Social Work from Smith College School for Social work. She has worked with individuals, couples, and families for the past seven years. She works with people who are experiencing symptoms such as low mood, depression, anxiety, trauma, shame, and loneliness. She incorporates somatic and mindfulness techniques into her work. She works to create an affirming space for LGBTQ folks as well as folks from diverse range of racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities. 

When Samantha is out of the office she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, tending to her plants, playing volleyball, listening to live music, and trying new restaurants in the twin cities. 

“I believe the therapeutic relationship plays an essential role in creating long lasting change towards greater fulfillment and meaning in our lives."

Samantha Rivera

Elisabeth Emmerich therapy st paul

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MSW, LICSW