Sam Tomarchio, MA, AMFT, is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. who specializes in sex and relationship therapy from a positive and holistic attachment based perspective.
Sam offers individual, couples, and group depth psychotherapy holding a sex-positive, intersectional feminist, and social justice oriented frame that is rooted in attachment theory, depth psychology, and body-oriented approaches to sex therapy. Her passion for helping individuals, partners and couples heal and recover from personal, collective, and intergenerational traumas and ruptures is held in connection with honoring each individuals expression of self with other from the inside out.
SAM’S INTERESTS & AREAS OF EXPERTISE INCLUDE:
Empowering People to live to their fullest potential
Improving Communication Skills
Self-esteem and Identity Issues
Relationship/ Intimacy/ Sexuality Issues
Anxiety and Stress
Relationship/ Intimacy/ Co-Dependence Issues
Identity Development and Boundary Issues
Family of Origin Issues
Grief and Loss
Breaking Negative Patterns
Communication, Intimacy, and Trust
Sexuality & Sexual Empowermen
LGBTQ+ relationships and individual needs
Helping you Identify and meet your specific goals
Samantha has extensive experience working with diverse individuals and couples and has a passion for, yet not limited to, working with sex workers, those who identify as LGBTQ, alternative lifestyle / relationship (i.e. polyamory/non-monogamy, BDSM/Kink).
Samantha earned her MA in Integral Counseling Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and is currently working toward a Sex Therapy Certification at CIIS.
Her clinical training was oriented in Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo, transpersonal, and Jungian depth psychology.
My work is shared through a client-centered approach as I have been trained to utilize the following modalities to inform my therapy work style: Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gestalt, Somatic Experiencing, dreamwork, sandtray, psychodrama, mindfulness, breathwork and yoga.
I specialize in matters related to sex therapy: intimacy and relationships, childhood sexual abuse, sexual shame, body image, sex addiction / inhibition, and etcetera. All to assist in developing a prosperous and healthy sexuality, attachment, and secure felt sense in one’s body, mind, heart, and spirit. I also work with individual empowerment, trauma, and healing many issues.
Samantha is supervised by Jessica Wallace, MA, LMFT #43927
Masters in Integrative Counseling Psychology
California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
San Francisco, CA
Bachelor of Science, Community Health
Minor in Psychology
Hofstra University, Long Island, NY
Inquiry into True Nature of the Soul
Research and Writing in Healthcare
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Sex Therapy Certification Program at CIIS
Trauma Skills for Sexperts
Somatic Experiencing with Peter Levine
Intro to Trauma Savvy Skills for Sexperts
Psychodrama for Trauma: Weekend Training
Plant medicine ceremonies and study with the
Native American Church
Yoga Alliance Certification
Herbalism studies with Robin Rose Bennett
Review of Clinical Work, S.F. Jung Institute
Jungian Dream Analysis Study Group
PRESENTATIONS & GROUP FACILITATIONS
Accessing Authentic Attunement in Relationship
At Science and Non-duality Conference in Italy, I facilitated a group for “Open Space.” I facilitated the discussion on how to access authentic attunement with self and other in relationship and how to lean in and out of contact while staying in dialogue. We explored inter/intra personal ways of relating and speaking to feeling and articulating contact boundaries in relationship.
Is a group facilitation offering I created based in transpersonal and somatic awareness. It is an experiential, relational laboratory in the exploration of authentic inter/intra personal relating with self and other through mind/body exercises in self-awareness. I presented this group facilitation workshop experience for Alloy Collective, a tech company based in San Francisco, CA, and continue to facilitate in Bay Area surrounding event spaces.
Female Identified Rejuvenation Circle
I facilitated weekly circles for female identified people living in the community of Brooklyn, NY. We would explore checking in with our heart, mind, and bodies and speaking to what was present for us in the moment. We would work with experimental movement with self and other. And lead into discussions of mind/body/spirit awareness on topics such as: sexuality and gender, sexual shame, oppression, sex work, polyamory and non-monogamy, embodiment, holistic health, and etcetera.
San Francisco Intimacy & Therapy Centers
Individual, Couples/Partners and Sex Therapist with San Francisco Intimacy & Therapy Centers, East Bay Intimacy & Therapy Centers, Marin Intimacy & Therapy Centers North Berkeley Couples Therapy Center and Napa Valley Couples Therapy Center. -Ongoing
Golden Gate Integral Counseling Center of CIIS
I completed training as a transpersonal psychotherapist at Golden Gate Integral Counseling Center of California Institute of Integral Studies, which has its foundation in social justice and transpersonal psychotherapy.
I carried a case load of clients that varied in diverse socioeconomic status, gender identity, and racial background. I was an active member of the community at Golden Gate. In addition, I attended two-hour weekly group supervision and gestalt process group, along with trainings that focus on diverse topics such as social justice concerns in psychotherapy, gender and sexuality, intersectionality and race, psychoanalytic listening, mindfulness, dream interpretation, the enneagram, and etcetera.
Self-Employed Certified Yoga Instructor / Reiki Healer / Intimacy Coach
I work as a certified private yoga instructor, reiki practitioner, and psychospiritual guide. My sessions are designed to meet the client holistically with what they are needing. I structure my sessions with offerings that meet the client with what they are needing based on request and suggestion, (i.e. intimacy coaching and guidance, dietary advice, meditation, breathwork, and asana and/or free-formed movement techniques). My sessions are with individuals and couples and are usually 60 to 90 minutes.
This practice is separate from my psychotherapy practice. I am only able to work with you as either a psychotherapist or coach.
New York Open Center
I worked as events coordination and registration at the New York Open Center in NY, NY. My responsibilities entailed administrative work, setting up classrooms with AV equipment, and assisting presenters. I worked in close contact with senior program director, Ralph White, and attended his Esoteric Philosophy seminar, in addition to hiring him as lecturer at Body Actualized community center in Brooklyn, NY.
Body Actualized Center
I co-founded a grass roots, holistic community art center in Brooklyn, NY. I worked as manager, workshop leader, process group facilitator, and outreach event coordinator.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS/VOLUNTEER WORK
SF Jungian Institute
Boys and Girls Club
A.W.A.R.E. (Awakening to Whiteness and Racism Everywhere)
Long Island Food Not Bombs
Hofstra University Progressive Students Union
Students for a Greener Hofstra
The Arc of Howard County Maryland
Shepard Prat Institute
Gender and sexuality (i.e. feminism, LGBTQIA, sex worker activism and support)
Dream work / sandtray
Community building and web weaving
Event/workshop coordination, planning, and outreach.
Making music, photography, modern dance, making art