Samantha Dunne, LCSW
Loyal, intuitive, and an advocate for parents and students, Samantha Dunne works with our guests with a professional expertise that is commendable. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago and a specialization in school social work.
She also works full time in schools, having the pleasure of working with all ages from preschool through high school and their parent navigating social and emotional stressors that impact academic functioning and the special education system.
Don’t think she only knows how to apply these skills to young people; Sam has an expertise integrating her knowledge with adults and families. Her experience includes: stress, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, anger, depression, bereavement, emotional regulation, work place frustrations, procrastination/motivation, and relationship concerns. She also has a strong background in addressing traumatic events and offers compassionate approach to this pain.
Her goal is to guide guests so that they can make the changes in their life that will offer a sense of fulfillment by means of offering a supportive and non-judgemental environment while also being direct and educating guests on what obstacles are standing in their way. This includes working with new moms, growing families, and partners who have hit road blocks.
Her eclectic approach means applying therapeutic strategies from areas such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and use of the Strengths Perspective. Knowing the tricky and often complex world of the educational system, Sam is the advocate for parents and school social workers that they are often in search of during these challenging times.
She believes that every guest has a story to tell and she looks forward to working with them on defining their life’s purpose and meaning, as well as assisting them in breaking down mental and emotional barriers that prevented them from reaching their truest potential. Sam is accepting new guests at our Naperville location.