Child Therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy
Samantha Ricci, MS, LPC is passionate about helping to create a safe and effective space for her clients. Samantha’s clinical focus is on treatment that utilizes an attachment informed lens and trauma focused care with children, adults, couples, and families. Specifically, Samantha is rostered in Child Therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), an empirically-supported treatment model which is scientifically shown to enhance the emotional health of young children from infancy through seven years old. CPP is a unique and specific relationship-based therapy in which the clinician collaboratively engages in play and treatment with the child and caregivers. CPP positively impacts children’s behavioral and mental health outcomes, reducing symptoms, while promoting protective factors and strengths, such as stable, warm relationships with parents and caregivers.
Samantha’s area of clinical expertise include helping her clients recover from stress, anxiety, mood Disorders, adjustment disorders, attachment disorders, ADHD, Autism, RAD and Divorce. She utilizes Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Co-Parenting Support, Child Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
Samantha’s therapeutic approach is devoted to help her clients create healthy perceptions of themselves, to strengthen their relationships, to promote balanced and strong attachments, with full and rich emotional bonds. Samantha is trained to help you experience change, through these systematic and evidence based strategies her clients reports that their innate capacity for trust, empathy, and compassion emerges to greater joy.
Education & Experience
Samantha’s educational background includes a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and a graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA. She has a Dual Degree, Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation and Human Services as well as Communication Science and Disorders from The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA. In addition to Samantha’s work with Counseling and Wellness Center of Pittsburgh, she also works with UPMC in their Mathilda Theiss center where she specializes in pediatric and family counseling.
Hobbies & Interests
In her free time, Samantha enjoys exploring new restaurants in the city of Pittsburgh, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and being a dog mom to her well loved frenchie/pug, Luna. Samantha also has a fervent passion for Pittsburgh and local sports and enthusiastically spends her Saturdays watching Penn State Football games with her fiance.
How to Get Started
Samantha provides in-person therapy at our Wexford location as well as Online Therapy. You can reach us at 412-322-2129 or email us at email@example.com to get started. Or contact us here.