Azure Samuels, MA
Azure spent the first half of her career in academia, educating, advising, and supporting students as they navigated the complexities of the university system. As the senior education specialist at George Washington University, Azure was responsible for implementing and managing a program for medical students who wished to engage in international service opportunities. As the academic case manager at the University of North Carolina Asheville, Azure provided individual support for students who were struggling to reach their academic goals due to emotional, social, or financial difficulties. As a mental health professional Azure has supported survivors of sexual assault, both in the US and internationally. She has worked as a school-based therapist in the Portland and Asheville Public Schools.
Azure approaches therapy through a person-centered, trauma-informed lens focused on creating a safe, nonjudgmental space for individuals to explore and process their inner worlds. Informed by neuropsychology, Azure’s focus is on supporting and empowering young adults during this critical neurodevelopment period. Azure’s therapeutic approach is based on mindfulness, polyvagal, and somatic therapies. Through this integrative approach, Azure assists students in identifying their developmental edge as they explore their growth potential. By engaging in the relationship between mind, body, brain, and behavior, students are able to increase their emotional and mental wellbeing and in turn increase their levels resiliency, motivation, and hope.