People typically seek therapy when their world has been jolted, their routines suddenly seem foreign, or they have a desire to heal and grow. In these moments, they deserve to regain compassion for themselves and recognize when their well-being has been compromised. When working with individuals, couples, and families, Samantha Ricard sees it as her privilege to validate their apprehension, recognize patterns that contribute to their concerns, and come together to identify ways to alter these patterns. She enjoys working with clients in the realm where her knowledge and their experiences meet to create an optimal plan for growth and healing. Samantha firmly believes therapy is a place where clients deserve to receive validation of their experiences, permission to feel and express whatever comes to surface, and process what is going on in their world.
At Foundations Counseling, Samantha Ricard works with people who seek counseling for a variety of reasons, including:
- Mental Health and Wellness – life transitions, boundaries, sexual identity issues, gender identity issues, severe anxiety, depression, stress, cutting, self-injury, eating disorders
- Individual Counseling – self-worth issues, abandonment issues, empowerment, self-esteem, worrying, generalized anxiety, fears and phobias, social anxiety, depression, women’s issues
- Relationship Dynamics – sexual issues, attachment issues and disorders, couples communication skills, intimacy concerns, marital difficulties
- Relationship and Family Issues – communication, couples counseling, alternative relationships, pre-engagement counseling, pre-marital counseling, step-family and blended family issues
Samantha Ricard is a Marriage and Family Counselor. She earned her Master of Science in Family Studies and Human Services with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kansas State University. She also completed a Gender, Women, and Sexuality graduate certificate and was initiated in to the Beta Alpha Chapter of Iota Iota Iota, a National Women’s Studies Honor Society. Additionally, Samantha earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Wichita State University where she graduated summa cum laude. She also has an Associate of Science in Psychology from Garden City Community College.
Samantha has experience in working with individuals, couples, and families in a wide range of areas including substance abuse, mood disorders, personality disorders, grief, trauma, gender identity, sexuality concerns, and relational issues. She spent time providing short-term and strengths-based therapy to college students at an outpatient counseling center at Kansas State University. During her undergraduate and graduate studies Samantha developed an area of clinical expertise in working with issues that LGBTQ individuals face. She has also provided therapy services to a variety of at-risk populations in a community mental health setting.