Samantha Dover, B.Sc.
Mental Health Therapist | Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® | EMDR Clinician
My journey in the field of Grief Recovery® began through an exploration of a personal loss; the rejection of my application to medical school. Taking the time to find meaning in the loss of my perceived future allowed for me to re-evaluate my goals and
aspirations. From here, I began to pay attention to other losses in my life that I had been carrying without truly processing, such as my grandmother’s long term illness.
Following my undergraduate degree, I spent five years working in a child advocacy centre where I was exposed to disclosures of grief and trauma on a daily basis. I learned not only how powerful grief and trauma are, but also how powerful people are in responding to it. While never minimizing the pain that grief and trauma causes, I was, and continue to be, inspired by the stories of the brave individuals I worked with. I hope to be able to further assist others in their journeys to recovery.
While I pursue licensure as a psychologist, I am spending a lot of my time researching or reading but in my free time I enjoy my regular yoga practice, baking new recipes, and spending time with my husband and our two dogs. I also enjoy quality time with family and friends and finding new, unique events being held around the city.
Sam completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta in 2012. From there she spent five years at the Zebra Child Protection Centre including her last three years as the Centre’s Director of Community Education and Engagement. In this role, Sam was responsible for overseeing volunteer programming, research and evaluation, culturally attuned programming, and community education initiatives.
Sam is currently finishing her Master of Counselling degree through City University of Seattle. Sam is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® and an EMDR clinician. She also has extensive training in play therapy.
Other Professional Activities
Sam is currently employed as an Educator with Alberta Health Services and teaches the Caregiver Series; a collection of 90 minute information sessions for parents and other caregivers which explores topics related to child and adolescent mental health.
Sam also provides therapeutic services with Family Counselling Centres and she guest lectures for the Institute of Child Psychology.
Sam has been interviewed by the Edmonton Journal for two articles regarding child abuse cases.
She has been interviewed by 630 CHED for two features regarding child abuse disclosures and Erin’s law.
She has also appeared on Global News Edmonton for a featured interview regarding Alberta Education’s curriculum changes.
Finally, Sam was interviewed by numerous agencies regarding Hockey Helps Kids, an initiative by the Oiler’s Community Foundation to support local charities.