Sam Allen is a couples and family therapist with a special interest in gender & sexual minorities. Utilizing integrative techniques based in cognitive-behavioral, feminist, and inter-generational models of therapy, Sam enjoys working with couples and individuals across a range of relational and identity-based concerns. In addition to working with couples and individuals of all genders, Sam has experience with eating disorders, anxiety, mindfulness, poly/kink and queer issues, and family-of-origin concerns. Sam can conduct therapy in Hebrew and enjoys working with culturally diverse clientele.
When not working with clients directly, Sam is currently ABD in completing his PhD in family science at the University of Maryland; his research focuses on transgender and gender non-conforming children and racial minority families. Sam also teaches undergraduate courses in gender, race, and families and is an AAMFT-approved supervisor candidate and provider of supervision to junior therapists. Interested candidates for supervision may contact Sam at at phone number below.
Call 202-629-1949 ext 11 for a consult with Sam
My goal as a psychotherapist is simple: to improve your overall joy, satisfaction in life, and wellbeing. While this often looks different from one individual or couple to the next, my overarching goal remains the same.
My training as a couples and family therapist resulted in my systemic approach in therapy. This means I like to find out about the various influences that have shaped your life, in addition to how you think or feel. I was privileged to have trained directly with a world-renowned scholar in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a modality about which I feel strongly and one I find quite useful in both couple and individual counseling. I have also been mentored by local leaders in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), and am influenced by feminist and inter-generational schools of therapeutic thought.
I am an active member of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), with professional feet in its LGBTQ, feminist, and ethnic minority sections. I am also a member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT), the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA), and the American Sociological Association (ASA).
By day, I am a full-time doctoral candidate in the Department of Family Science at The University of Maryland. I study, teach, present, and publish about queer families and Black families, and I have a particular interest in the intersection of sexual- and racial-minority identities. My current projects include the families of transgender and gender non-conforming children, and Black immigrant LGBT adults. Both my studies and my clinical work are strongly informed by a passion for social justice, and a belief in equity and respect for every human being.
I am a queer academic and clinician devoted to social justice with and passion for improving people’s lives. However, the journey of finding this identity hasn’t been without its bumps along the way. I was raised in an insular and very religious cultural community which made my queer identity realization, development, and coming-out processes quite challenging. Partly due to my experiences of oppression as a sexual/gender minority, I came to recognize the unfortunate, systemic, and pervasive discrimination that exists. Through both my own personal and professional experiences, I am acutely aware of, and sensitive to, the experience of minorities and oppressed persons.
My own growth and resilience over the years has helped forge my desire to help folks overcome adversities. I look forward to doing so with you, helping you find balance, growth, and newfound happiness.
My Specialty Areas, Interests, & Populations:
- Dysfunctional communication
- Lack of intimacy and/or lack of trust
- Pre-marital counseling
- Sex therapy including:
-Troubleshooting low libido
-Creating safe and fun way to talk about sexual wishes
-Improving sexual communication
-Creating clear and healthy boundaries (monogamous, non-monogamous, or something else)
-Facilitating safe, non-shaming dialogue about sexual addiction or compulsive sexual habit
Other Presenting Concerns—individuals:
- Identity issues
- Family of origin concerns
- Eating disorders
- Stress management
- Mindfulness training and practice
- Individuals of all genders and sexualities
- Couples of all genders and sexualities, including same-sex couples
- Interracial, intercultural, and interreligious couples
- Racial minorities, including, but not limited to: Black, biracial, and multi-racial couples and individuals
- Ethnic and cultural minorities
- Jewish couples and individuals
- Kink and/or Poly couples and individuals
- Siblings, especially those 18+
- Mothers of all ages
- Young, middle-aged, and older adults
Fees and Payment
$175 for a 50-minute session; $295 for an 80-minute session
Payment is expected at the beginning or conclusion of each session. Cash, checks or ACH debit are preferred payment methods, and checks should be made payable to “Keith Miller Counseling, LLC.” We also accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover (credit card payments incur a 4% transaction fee).
All new clients’ first appointment is 50 minutes (both individuals and couples). During that session, Sam will talk with you to determine what session length is most appropriate based on your needs for the duration of therapy.
Sam sees clients in the Dupont Circle office. He has afternoon and evening appointments available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and daytime appointments on Saturday and Sundays. This schedule is subject to change.
INSURANCE: Associates at Keith Miller Counseling, LLC do not accept insurance or participate in insurance networks. However, because we are licensed mental health providers, it is likely that your insurance may provide “out of network” coverage in the form of reimbursement for mental health services. Coverage and reimbursement rates varies widely across policies, so it will be your responsibility to find out what your expected reimbursement rate may be from your insurance company. You are responsible for paying in full for services rendered at the time of service, and upon request, I will provide you with an invoice to submit to your insurance company if you plan to pursue reimbursement. As you are making your decision about pursuing insurance reimbursement, please consider the following:
CONFIDENTIALITY: All insurance companies require some level of information about the reason you are seeking mental health services in order to process your claim. In addition, managed care plans often require detailed information regarding the problem(s) for which you are seeking help, its history, symptoms, family and work life, and sometimes more. This information is then entered into a large information processing system and current regulations may not be strong enough to completely protect your confidentiality.
CONTROL OF TREATMENT: Managed care companies may use the information provided to them to decide if treatment is “medically necessary,” what kind of therapy is or is not approved, and later, if it should continue. Many insurance company employees who make these decisions have limited training, and oftentimes have never met or even talked to you.
PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS: Health insurance exists to pay for the treatment of a diagnosable illness. Therefore, to access insurance benefits for mental health services, a psychiatric diagnosis code must be given before most insurance companies will pay or reimburse for services. Oftentimes, insurance companies require a certain level of severity of diagnosis that they deem necessary for treatment and to some this may feel overly severe or pathologizing. I will use my best clinical judgment, in consultation with you, to determine your diagnosis. For couples, I will use the procedure code: 908.47 for “conjoint therapy” because insurance companies typically do not reimburse for “marriage” or “couples” therapy.
Scheduling an appointment with me involves the reservation of time that is set aside specifically for you, therefore a minimum of 48 hours is required for re-scheduling or canceling an appointment. Unless we have reached a different agreement together (based on schedules or some other extenuating circumstance), the full session fee will be charged for sessions in which you do not show up or do not cancel at least 48 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment time.
FORMS FOR NEW CLIENTS
I email my forms for new clients directly to them once an appointment is scheduled. To contact me for a free phone consultation and/or to arrange and appointment, please call me at 202-629-1949 Ext. 11. I look forward to working with you!