Education and Background

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Dr. Samler received both her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Chicago.  Her focus was in Psychodynamic therapy and Forensic Psychology.    


Her training background included providing outpatient and residential treatment for adolescents and adults with depression, trauma history, ADHD and anxiety, utilizing a relational Psychodynamic approach.  


Additionally, she spent numerous years delivering treatment services to adolescents with serious emotional and behavioral disorders, many from a background of abuse and neglect, and providing intensive therapy and advocacy to troubled youth in therapeutic day schools.  


Dr. Samler has an extensive background in forensic settings, working with adults in state hospital forensic units (Unfit to Stand Trial and Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity), county and state correctional facilities and youth in the foster care system, with services and collaborative care across several domains including DCFS, DHS and the Cook and Lake County court systems.  She also worked with the Chicago Police Department conducting pre hire screenings and assessments. 


Dr. Samler also developed and implemented diversity training curriculum for psychiatric residential and group home staff to build and strengthen the team and subsequently, improve treatment received  by patients.  


Besides private practice, Dr. Samler is adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) in Malibu, California.