Samuel Platts, M.A., R. Psych. (AB: 4832), CSAT
Samuel is a Registered Psychologist in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists. He has worked in the field of mental health and addictions since 2008. Samuel is experienced in treating clients with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, bipolar disorders, adult attachment disorders, survivors of sexual abuse, and schizophrenia.
Addiction Counselling (Drug, Alcohol, Sex, Internet...)
Samuel has a speciality in working with clients struggling with addictions (alcohol, drugs, sex, internet...), and in particular clients struggling with sex addiction. In 2015 Samuel began training in sexual addiction from the International Institute of Trauma and Addictions Professionals (IITAP) founded by Patrick J. Carnes PhD. Dr. Carnes is clinical psychologist and Fulbright research scholar who is the pre-eminent name in treating addictive sexual disorders. Through is work and training at the IITAP, Samuel became a fully Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) in December of 2016. Subsequently, he has presented at multiple conferences in the Edmonton area on the subject. Samuel has created and facilitated a workshop for clinicians wishing to develop competency when working with clients with sexual addictions.
Couples Dealing with Addictions
Helpng couples deal with communication issues in counselling is a challenging skill set to master. When there addiction issues for one or both people in the relationship, couples therapy becomes even more complex. Samuel is experienced in helping couples work through the impact of addictions on relationships, while also helping to resolve the addiction issue itself.
Addictions, Teens and Adults
Samuel first began working with at-risk youth in in 2008, at a behavioral treatment centre. There he discovered a passion for helping individuals with trauma and addictions. Samuel received training in working with adolescents using the Circle of Courage model that is based in a philosophy of nurturance and development. Following this training, Samuel to begin work at an experiential wilderness-based addictions treatment center for young men. Here he worked as an addictions support worker, then a therapist, and eventually as a clinical supervisor. In addition to his work with teens, Samuel has worked with adults in an outpatient mental health clinic as an addictions counsellor.
Samuel is comfortable working with people from all walks of life, and has under-taken additional training and supervised practice in working with First Nations and Metis populations.
When not at Firefly Counseling Samuel is a lead at a specialized addictions and mental health treatment program run by Alberta Health Services. There he provides direction and clinical supports to other therapists, along with running groups and providing direct client services to families challenged by complex concurrent disorders (having both a mental health diagnosis and an addiction).
Samuel was part of the Addictions Counselor’s Practice Council in Edmonton and facilitated a workshop on Motivational Interviewing. Samuel practices from a neuro-developmental framework incorporating the concepts of attachment, attunement and affect regulation to help make the therapeutic relationship one that is intrinsically healing and based in trust, empowerment and growth.
Samuel works out of our South Edmonton Office