Samuel Guntner

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor
San Diego and Encinitas

Samuel Guntner

Becoming a Relationship Therapist

Originally starting my career in the arts, I have found my work in supporting others to be far more fulfilling than any art piece. I love empowering people to live the lives they want and to hold space for them through their toughest trials. We are beings that thrive on connection and love. Seeing individuals as part of larger systems of connection and the impact of interpersonal life makes clear the importance of working with people as they navigate their relationships.

Counseling Philosophy

I believe in the ideas of genuineness, empathetic understanding, and unconditional positive regard for my clients. My goal is to demonstrate acceptance for my clients from a holistic perspective that includes every aspect of who they are. Understanding all of the facets and intersecting identities that make up a person, allows me to support them at my best. I also wish to provide my clients with useful tools that can help people to be their best selves both within a relationship and individually. It is my aim to make our sessions the best use of your time and that we can work together with practical steps toward achieving your goals.

Counseling Style and Strengths

I offer a warm and kind presence that allows my clients to speak without judgment. My approach is also highly focused on the underlying feelings that inform how we navigate life. Utilizing a balance between compassion and direct communication, I aim to create an atmosphere that is kind and comforting while respecting the needs for honesty and respect for the work we do. I enjoy working with people looking to rebuild trust, improve communication and increase connection in their relationship. I also specialize in working with grief, anxiety, and using mindfulness to navigate our emotional responses. One of my specialties is working with men’s mental health issues, however I have experience supporting women and individuals with diverse gender identities as well.

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Professional Counseling Background

I have 10 years of experience working in the human services world, first starting with supporting adults with developmental disabilities before beginning my training in counseling. As a therapist I have worked in agency settings with diverse clientele experiencing issues of identity, domestic violence, addiction, and trauma. I have also worked as part of the school system and have spent time supporting adolescents through the counseling process.

Professional Therapist Credentials and Training

  • Masters of Science in Counseling
  • Gottman Method Training

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