About Me

Sam Louie, MA, LMHC, CSAT-C, CDPT

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 specializes in treating shame, trauma, and a host of addictions.  In addition, Sam’s training in marriage and family therapy gives him a breadth of knowledge and competency to work with couples, adolescents, and families.

Traditional Therapy (in office sessions): 

  • Problematic Sexual Behaviors (pornography, chat rooms, addiction, etc.)
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Eating Disorders
  • Couples Counseling
  • Trauma
  • “Asian Shame”
  • Sandplay Therapy (especially helpful for youth)

Outside of Office” Options:

In this intriguing and non-traditional approach to healing, you are invited to think of your interests and passions.  Through this experiential process tailored to your needs, Sam acts less as a “therapist” and more as a coach where he meets you in your element.  Be it the serenity of nature or the safety of your own home, if you’re longing for a different approach towards self-discovery, insight, or recovery, these “Outside of the Office” sessions may be better suited to meet your adventurous spirit.  Sam also enjoys photography and riding, so if you own a motorcycle/scooter or like to take pictures, Sam can also incorporate these elements into the therapeutic process.

Photography as Therapy Article

Credentials:

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

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) LH60286436

Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee (CDPT) CO 60707332

Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate (CSAT-C)

Experience:

  • Individual, couples, and family therapist in private practice since 2010
  • Primary therapist at Eating Recovery Center of Washington
  • Individual, couples, and group therapist with Bellevue Community Services
  • Outreach counselor within the Seattle Public School district through Asian Counseling and Referral Service
  • Workshop Presenter at Youth with a Mission (YWAM), Lausanne, Switzerland, 2017-2018
  • Keynote Speaker at University of Vermont, 2017
  • Guest Presenter at Towson University, 2017
  • Adjunct Faculty, MA program, School of Counseling Psychology, Multicultural Issues in Psychology, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA (Winter 2014)
  • Adjunct Faculty Pima Medical Institute, Sociology of Human Beings, Seattle, WA (Winter 2015)
  • Emmy Award-Winning 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.  His clinical experience includes 24/7 residential addiction centers, schools, and non-profit counseling agencies such as the Asian Counseling & Referral Service.  Prior to the counseling field, Sam worked as a broadcast journalist who researched, produced, and reported on a number of stories related to psychotherapy, culture, and healing practices.

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” (Workshop for Teens) In collaboration with Dr. Lisa Chu, 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.

For more workshop and speaking topics please go to: www.SamLouieSpeaks.com 

 

 

 

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