Samera is a graduate of The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), an internationally accredited post-graduate certification program in psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Studio Art at Oberlin College and a Master of Social Science degree in Psychoanalytic Studies at The Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research. As part of her graduate work, Samera spent a year at the University of Paris VII, studying the intersections between philosophy, literature, psychoanalysis and art. Although she works primarily in English, she is also proficient in French and occasionally offers consultations and treatment in French.