In addition to seeing a wide range of patients in a private practice setting since 2001, Samera’s professional experience includes:

– Pro Bono Counseling for individuals seeking asylum in the U.S. via the International Rescue Committee and IPTAR’s Asylum-Seekers Treatment Program (2017 – Present)

Supervisor for candidates in IPTAR’s Respecialization Program (2011 – 2015)

Pro Bono Therapist for survivors of human rights abuses seeking asylum in the U.S. via HealthRight International and IPTAR’s Asylum-Seekers Treatment Program (2009 – 2013)

Member of Teaching Faculty at The Psychoanalytic Training Institute, The New York Counseling and Guidance Service (2008 – 2009)

Expert Clinical Evaluator for several research studies focused on depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University (2006 – 2008)

Peer Advisor for candidates in IPTAR’s Adult Training Program (2005 – 2008)

Board Member and Outreach Committee Chair at the IPTAR Clinical Center (2004 – 2007)

Individual and Group Counselor for at-risk NYC Public School children aged 5-15, integrating counseling, art, writing, and martial arts (2001 – 2006)

Facilitated dialogue between Arab and Jewish students at Columbia University’s School for International & Public Affairs after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan (2002)

Coexistence Facilitator for Palestinian and Israeli adolescents at the Seeds of Peace International Camp summer program (2001 & 2002)

Individual and Group Therapist for French-speaking African patients at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (2001 – 2002)

Facilitated dialogue among teenaged peace activists from Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, Israel, Palestine, India and Pakistan at the United Nations following September 11th (2001)

A-Team Crisis Counselor and Hotline Counselor addressing HIV/AIDS, sexual health, gender and identity at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (1996 – 2001)


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