Samantha Trapp, MSW, LCSW, CCTP

Samantha Trapp, MSW, LCSW, CCTP

Samantha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional who earned her Master’s degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She is originally from Windsor, Ontario, Canada and has recently moved to the Chicagoland area by way of Detroit, Michigan.


Samantha has been providing clinical therapy services for over 3 years in a variety of settings including, home-based, school-based and outpatient settings. Prior to joining North Shore Family Services, Samantha has worked effectively with diverse populations of infants, young children, adolescents, young pregnant mothers and families struggling with ranges of concerns. She has specialized in cognitive, social and emotional development of infants, toddlers and their families in the first 3 years of life, focusing on attachment styles and child-parent relationships. She also has significant experience working with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced varying degrees of trauma, various types of physical and/or sexual abuse, developmental delays, abandonment and/or neglect, dysfunctional family systems, grief and loss, anxiety, self-esteem issues, depression, PTSD, ADHD and other behavioral concerns. Samantha believes that no two clients are the same and as a mental health clinician, it is important to meet the client where they are at.


It is very important for Samantha to build trusting therapeutic relationships with her clients to create an atmosphere where they are comfortable being open and honest about the things they may be struggling with. Samantha provides a safe, empathic, non-judgmental therapeutic environment where her clients and their families can explore issues and develop effective coping skills. Samantha will assist her clients with designing the best course of treatment and interventions. She utilizes an eclectic approach: drawing from various evidence-based therapies, Samantha strongly believes in applying strengths-based approach. In this way, clients build strength from the positive influences in their lives in order to solve problems. Samantha uses treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Attachment Based Therapy, Play Therapy, Child-Parent Psychotherapy etc.


It is important that when working with children and adolescents, Samantha engages the parents to help with parenting skills, through psycho education, modeling, feedback, and increasing parents understanding of their child while offering continuous emotional support.


In her spare time Samantha loves traveling the world, spending quality time with her family, cooking and exercising.


“We don’t have to do it all alone. We were never meant to.” –Brene Brown