Lepage Associates Solution-Based Psychological Services
Dr. Katy Sampson, Ph.D.
Dr. Sampson has extensive experience working with adults who wrestle with a range of environmental and psychological issues such as: relationship issues, identity and career development, body image and eating concerns, mood disturbance, depression, anxiety, bi-polar, family of origin issues, personality concerns, women’s issues, grief, trauma, and substance abuse. Dr. Sampson utilizes an integrationist approach to counseling, drawing from a variety of approaches such as psychodynamic, existential and cognitive-behavioral techniques. At the basis of her approach is an appreciation for the unique perspectives, experiences and needs of each person (or family), and therefore a recognition of the importance of adapting her counseling approach to each individual. In an effort to tailor her treatment to each person or family’s particular needs, Dr. Sampson spends considerable time getting to know her clients and understanding their specific difficulties and strengths. She strives to create a therapeutic atmosphere in which her clients can feel safe, comfortable and connected, as these conditions are essential to the process of self-exploration, symptom relief, and psychological growth.
In addition to extensive experience providing therapy for adults, Dr. Sampson also has also conducted psychological testing with adults to address issues related to substance abuse, personality issues, mood and anxiety disorders, intelligence, and parenting concerns.
Dr. Sampson has a broad range of experience providing outpatient, intensive outpatient, and intensive in-home psychotherapy to children, adolescents and families. She has worked with children and adolescents struggling with psychological difficulties such as: depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attachment problems, trauma and abuse, self-esteem, oppositional and defiant behaviors, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, social skills problems, and pervasive developmental delays (such as Autism).
Dr. Sampson has specialized training in the area of Structural Family Therapy which focuses on helping families to recognize problematic interactional patterns and establish healthier boundaries and methods of communication. She has assisted families with a range of issues such as typical life changes, separation and divorce, familial conflict, grief, and parenting issues. With regard to parenting issues, Dr. Sampson believes there is often no “one size fits all,” but rather effective parenting is the result of matching parenting styles to the needs, temperament and developmental level of a particular child. Dr. Sampson utilizes active interventions, such as modeling, coaching, and home assignments to empower parents to try new techniques that address their child’s particular needs and improve the parent-child dynamic. She has experience working with diverse family configurations including two-parent and single-parent homes (adoptive or biological), multigenerational and extended families, as well as foster families.
Dr. Sampson also has experience conducting both psychoeducational and psychodiagnostic testing with children and adolescents for screening and diagnosis of the following: attention-deficit/hyperactivity difficulties, learning problems, pervasive developmental disorders, mood disorders, trauma reactions, and anxiety issues. Dr. Sampson can also include assessment of the family as a way to more fully understand the child or adolescent in context and to more effectively assist the family in identifying areas of strength and areas for improvement.
Dr. Sampson’s forensic experience spans family court and civil court issues. She has extensive experience providing custody evaluations, and a range of evaluations and psychotherapy to families involved with social services and the court system. She has conducted psychological evaluations with families deemed to be “high risk” by social services as a way to assist with planning for family support services and custody arrangements. Dr. Sampson has also provided support and guidance to families through the custody process with particular attention to the emotional and behavioral difficulties that often arise in children during this process. Substance abuse and mental health disorders are often present in individuals involved with the court, and need attention for the person to be best able to navigate their legal situation, and Dr. Sampson can provide a full range of testing or therapy. For civil cases, examples of her work include fitness for duty, competency for medical decision making, financial competency, and immigration cases.g in the waiting room.)