Samantha Getha, LCSW
Owner & Therapist of Waves of Courage Counseling LLC
Samantha Getha is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from North Carolina serving clients across the states of Alaska and Virginia. An integrative and trauma-informed therapist, she believes that our mental health is part of a holistic system that incorporates our physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. She focuses her sessions on building your strengths, being your authentic self, and thriving where you are!
Samantha is from a military family who continues to serve the military population as they are an extension of family to her. She hopes to be a support system to those who have served or who have family that has served through the difficult times they may currently be facing whether it be trauma, combat trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress, anger, relationship issues, personal growth, and work-life balance.
In addition to her personal experiences, Samantha earned her Masters in Social Work degree from the University of Southern California through their Military and Veterans program. She has worked in a variety of roles including a mental health provider on a military installation, inpatient clinical therapist, hospital social worker, family advocacy outreach manager, domestic abuse victim advocate, and even a bartender on a military installation. It has helped her support a wide range of people from various racial and ethnic backgrounds, in every stage of life, and diverse sexual and gender identities. Samantha has worked at Eielson AFB and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER). She is currently working in private practice.
Samantha currently offers 1-1 online therapy sessions to adults 18+ who are veterans, military personnel, spouses or anyone who is connected to someone that is or has been in the military, or working frontlines in the serving field.
Why the name ‘Waves of Courage’?
I grew up by the beaches of North Carolina as a military brat. Embracing change was never easy but the beach was my constant. It was my place of calm and healing. I braved a lot of storms but some of my best memories growing up there were on a sunny, beautiful beach. I find the ocean to be a metaphor for life. My hope is for you to find your own place of peace and healing within.
Who am I outside of being an LCSW? Here are 7 fun facts about me!
- I am part of an avid Jeep community.
- I’m second generation Filipino-American.
- You'll likely meet my German Shepherd mix, named Ranger, in our televideo sessions.
- A Red Cross volunteer since 2011.
- I've hiked 7 mountains in Alaska (some more than once!)
- I’m a passionate foodie and particularly enjoy cake, charcuterie, oysters, and Asian food.
- Hiking and traveling are my jam!
Bachelors of Science in Public Health (BSPH) - Kaplan University
Master in Social Work (MSW) - University of Southern California
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – Alaska #131093 and Virginia #0904012394
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) via Roy Kiessling, EMDR Consulting
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Informed
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Structured Sensory Interventions (SITCAP) and Play Therapy techniques
Prevention and Relationship Enhancement
YogaFit for Warriors (PTSD)
Parts/Ego State work in EMDR Therapy via Andrew Seubert
Mindfulness via YogaRenew (pending)
200hr Yoga Teacher Training via YogaRenew (pending)