About Me

Sam Louie, MA, LMHC, S-PSB

Sam Louie is a psychotherapist licensed in the state of Washington as a mental health counselor.  He received his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage & family therapy from Azusa Pacific University.   Sam’s training in marriage and family therapy gives him a breadth of knowledge and competency to work with couples, children, and families especially as it intersects with culture, trauma, or addictions.

Areas of Focus: 

  • Asian Shame
  • Domestic Violence Evaluations & Treatment
  • Problematic Sexual Behaviors (pornography, infidelity, etc.)
  • Couples & Family Counseling

Credentials, Training, Memberships:

M.A. Clinical Psychology: Marriage & Family Therapy (emphasis)

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LH60286436)

Parenting Evaluations Training Program (PETP) by Dr. Andrew Benjamin

Domestic Violence Intervention Treatment Provider (Washington state certified)

Sex Offender Treatment Provider Associate (2011-2017)

Completion of two modules (60 hours) of the Patrick Carnes CSAT training

Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee (CDPT) CO 60707332 (2014-2018)

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)

Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)

Experience:

  • Individual, couples, and family therapist in private practice (2012-present)
  • Individual, couples, and group therapist with Bellevue Community Services (2010-2012)
  • Outreach therapist servicing Seattle & Issaquah Public Schools (2009-2011)
  • Workshop Presenter on “Asian Shame” for Youth with a Mission (YWAM), Lausanne, Switzerland, 2017 & 2018
  • Adjunct Faculty, MA program, School of Counseling Psychology, Multicultural Issues in Psychology, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA (Winter 2014)
  • Emmy Award-Winning former broadcast news journalist

Background:  Sam is a first-generation, Chinese-American immigrant from Hong Kong who grew up in South Seattle.  As a result, he is keenly aware of the role of multicultural sensitivity when working with minorities and Asian-Americans.  Sam also is a trauma-informed therapist who recognizes the harmful impact children/adults are subjected to both within their family systems but also the greater cultural, social, and societal structures  surrounding them.  Prior to the counseling field, Sam worked as a broadcast journalist who researched, produced, and reported on a number of stories related to psychotherapy, addictions, and cultural issues.

Training/Speaking Topics: “Asian Shame: Suffering in Silence”This training explores the cultural code of honor and shame and its impact on individuals and churches as they help those struggling with the complexities of the Asian desire for conformity, “saving face”, and emotional suppression.  Consequently, a myriad of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and addictions can hide below the surface.

“Slanted Eyes: The Asian-American Poetic Experience” By using Spoken Word poetry, engaging videos, and humor, Sam gives a captivating presentation that covers Asian-American history, immigration, and stereotypes.

“Connect Your Dots: Navigating Cultural Influences & Creating a Sense of Identity” This  experiential workshop is geared towards helping teens increase their awareness around shame and sharing their personal stories in an expressive way using voice, dialogue, and movement.  In a world filled with passive learning, this workshop allows participants to actively engage in seeing, discovering, and sharing their authentic selves in the presence of others, utilizing a culturally-informed framework.

To book Sam for a speaking or corporate Employee Engagement Programs please go to www.SamLouieSpeaks.com 

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