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Counselor

Samantha Leahy, BCBA

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Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Portrait Health Centers are multi-specialty clinics that employ the most cutting-edge and proven assessment protocols and treatment options available, believing that an Effective Treatment Depends On An Accurate Diagnosis. Individuals should not have to “play doctor” by researching available treatments and then self-selecting which of these treatments has been scientifically validated and would be most appropriate for themselves or their family. At Portrait Health Centers, we provide a comprehensive and multi-specialty assessment to determine the underlying causes of your symptoms and incorporate an appropriate treatment plan.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Educational Therapy  Online / Phone / Skype Therapy
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  EMDR Therapy  Pet Therapy
 Adolescents  Family Conflict  Play Therapy
 Adoption  Gay or Lesbian Issues  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Anger Management  Gender Identity / Transgenderism  Premarital Counseling
 Anxiety and Panic  Gifted / Talented Issues  Problem Gambling
 Arts Therapy (Expressive)  Grief and Loss  Psychoanalysis
 Asperger's Syndrome  Group Therapy  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Herpes and STD Counseling  Psychopharmacology
 Bicultural Difficulties  Hypnotherapy  Relationship Issues
 Body Image Issues  Learning Disabilities  Religious Counseling
 Caregiver Issues  Life and Wellness Coaching  Self Esteem Issues
 Children's Counseling  Life Transitions  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Chronic Illness  Loneliness  Sexual Dysfunction
 Couples Therapy  Marriage & Family Therapy  Stress Management
 Depression  Marriage Counseling  Trauma and PTSD
 Divorce  Men's Issues  Women's Issues
 Domestic Violence  Neuropsychological Evaluation / Testing  Work and Career Issues
 Eating Disorders  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Bio
Specialties: Include but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Applied Behavior Analysis, Verbal Behavior, Behavior Reduction, Skill Acquisition, Parent Training, IEPs, Functional Behavior Assessments, Toileting, Social Skills, PECS, Non Verbal Clients, Feeding Issues and Sleep Issues

Samantha became interested in working with children with disabilities and their families while volunteering in high school. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education Teaching from Northern Illinois University. Samantha then worked in the public school system for 8 years. During those 8 years she became interested in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) while assisting in creating a program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She completed her Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in ABA from Kaplan University (now called Purdue University Global). She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2014.

Throughout her career, Samantha has worked with children and adults of varying disabilities ages ranging from 3 months-21 years. Samantha has worked in a variety of settings including public schools, clinics, client’s homes, daycares, in the community and therapeutic day schools. Samantha has experience working with interdisciplinary teams creating educational programs for clients/students, writing IEPs, conducting behavioral and skill assessments, training staff members and parents in implementing skill based programs and behavior reduction programs.

Samantha is very passionate about creating a learning environment that allows each client to learn and grow. She believes each client and family is unique and deserves treatment tailored to their individual needs.