Meet the Team
Sam Bergstein (She/her)
MA, MSW, LISW-S, REAT
Sam received her MSW (Master of Social Work) from Ohio State University and is a LISW-S (Licenced Independent Social Worker-Supervisor.)
She specializes in the treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues in adults and adolescents and enjoys using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Expressive Arts Therapy, IFS (Internal Family Systems)/parts work, strengths-based, and other holistic methods as well. Please see the Services tab for more information on therapeutic approaches!
Sam is currently seeing most clients over telehealth and some established clients in person.
Sam works with individuals ages 11 and up.
Sam is currently not taking new clients
Telehealth link: https://doxy.me/sambergstein
Victoria Alexander (She/her)
Victoria is a LISW-S (Licensed Independent Social Worker- Supervisor) who specializes in working therapeutically with adults and older adults. She earned her Master of Social work degree from The Ohio State University.
Victoria has expertise working with clients who are experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures (PNES), Functional Movement Disorders (FMD), self-esteem issues, and ADHD.
She tailors therapeutic approaches with each client, which include EMDR, CBT, DBT, solution-focused and EFT modalities.
Victoria is currently offering telehealth sessions and will have limited in-person availability in the future.
Victoria sees adults only.
Victoria is not currently taking on new clients.
We understand that sometimes you may seek a specific type of therapy based on a recommendation, past experience, or research you have done. By engaging with a Mantra Mental Health therapist, there is always a possibility that the type of therapy you seek may not be the most appropriate or best method to address your concerns. If your therapist is not trained or skilled in your specific needs, you may be referred to another provider.
Mantra Mental Health strives to use holistic, integrative, evidence-based practices in order to deliver the best possible services for you.
With this said, your therapist's methods may include a combination of various types of therapy. For example, if you request "Expressive arts therapy", this can be accommodated but it is likely that most sessions will involve a combination of different methods in addition to expressive arts.
Therapies used include but are not limited to:
EMDR- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a therapy that works to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic or negative memories or messages that may be related to mental health symptoms, behaviors, and negative beliefs about yourself and the world. EMDR consists of the building of coping, grounding, distress tolerance, and mindfulness skills, discussion of past events and related negative thoughts about self, and uses "directed lateral movement" in the form of eye movement back and forth, tapping from one side to the other, or audio stimulation back and forth between the ears, which may aid in the processing and desensitization of information/memories that may be "stuck" in and triggering your survival responses.
Internal Family Systems and Parts Work- IFS uses the concept that we all have different parts of ourselves. At times, these parts may be wounded from past experiences and hold painful emotions such as anger and shame. Wounded parts may try to protect you by engaging in behaviors, feeling emotions, and having thoughts that may create conflict within yourself as well as within your relationships and functioning in other areas of your life including work, school, etc. IFS strives to recognize the (usually good) intentions of the parts of you that may be causing conflict or discord in your life and help to heal these parts and relieve them of the heavy burdens they may have been carrying throughout your life.
Expressive Arts Therapy- Expressive arts therapy combines evidence-based psychotherapy practices with the use of artistic expression including but not limited to the use of writing, play, character development, and fandom, drama, dance, drawing, painting, music, etc. to manage and reduce a variety of mental health symptoms, process emotions, explore current and past experiences, explore identity, and build upon unique strengths and increase positive self-view.
Information about Telehealth
What is Telehealth?
Telebehavioral health (Telehealth) includes the practice of the diagnosis, treatment, education, goal setting, accountability, referral to resources, problem-solving, skills training, and help with decision-making through the use of internet-based videoconferencing or phone calls.
Virtual (telehealth/telebehavioral health) sessions
We are still holding most sessions via secure video due to COVID-19. All new clients will begin with telehealth-only sessions through the assessment period. Please discuss concerns with your therapist if using a video platform is not possible. It is best practice and safest for us to hold video sessions rather than phone sessions if possible as there is importance in our visual cues and understanding of your surroundings to ensure the safest and most effective session. we do understand that there are some barriers to using video for sessions so if this is a problem, we can troubleshoot the issue together.
Instructions for video/telehealth sessions:
Please use your therapists telehealth link for your session
Please try your best to be on time for your session.
There is always a chance your therapist may be a couple of minutes behind if the client before you has complex needs, if there are technology issues, etc. We appreciate your patience with this.
Troubleshooting with telehealth—the connection or video are not working.
Make sure all other video apps or websites are closed on your device.
Connect to Wi-Fi or an ethernet cable if possible.
Close any streaming services and unneeded tabs.
Call your therapist if you are still unable to connect.
Acknowledgment of Informed Consent to Telehealth Services
You will be asked to acknowledge and agree to the following before your first telehealth session:
You understand that as a client of Mantra Mental Health, LLC you understand it is possible that at some point in my treatment, some or all of your services will be provided via Telehealth, as described below. You understand and agree to the following with respect to the use of Mantra Mental Health, LLC's Telehealth services:
You understand that Telehealth is health/mental health services provided by Mantra Mental Health, LLC via interactive audio and video technology while the provider is at a different location than me. Telehealth will be provided by your Mantra Mental Health, LLC therapist: Samantha Bergstein MSW, LISW; or Victoria Alexander MSW, LISW-S
You understand that these Telehealth services may involve the communication of health information, orally and visually, to your health care practitioner. Specifically, you understand that Telehealth services include, but are not limited to consultation, treatment, and transfer of health data using interactive audio and video.
The laws that protect the confidentiality of your health information apply to these services the same as in-person services. As such, you, the client, understand that the information disclosed during any Telehealth session is generally confidential. However, there are both mandatory and permissive exceptions to confidentiality.
You understand that there are risks and consequences of using these services including, but not limited to, the possibility that, despite Mantra Mental Health, LLC's reasonable efforts, the transmission of my health information could be disrupted or distorted by technical failures and/or the transmission of my health information could be intercepted or accessed by unauthorized persons and you agree to accept these risks. You agree that Telehealth is appropriate for your circumstances despite these risks. You understand that when you receive Telehealth services from a location other than at Mantra Mental Health, LLC, your own device and Internet connectivity may impact the quality of the services and that The Mantra Mental Health, LLC does not have control over your end of the transmission.
You understand that Telehealth services may not be the same as in-person services, where non-verbal communication (body signals) are readily available to both provider and client. You also understand that issues with technology such as poor internet connection and sound issues may impact the quality of your session. Mantra Mental Health, LLC's Telehealth provider will further discuss this limitation with you should you receive Telehealth services. You also understand that, if your provider believes you would be better served by another form of therapeutic services (e.g., in-person services or a specific type of therapy not offered by Mantra Mental Health, LLC) you will be referred to a professional who can provide such services in your area.
If our Telehealth session abruptly terminates, the Mantra Mental Health, LLC provider will immediately call you at the number(s) provided at the time of intake. Together we will either attempt to regain the contact via Telehealth technology or, if unable to do so, we will either reschedule or finish the service via telephone, if appropriate.
Only agreed-upon participants will be present in the room of the clinician and the client during the telebehavioral health session. It is important to be in a quiet, private space that is free of distractions (including computers, additional phones, or other devices) during the session.
Nobody will record the session without the permission of the other person(s).
Sessions will not occur while any of the participants are driving.
You understand that in order to have telehealth sessions, you must be in Ohio. If you will be out of the state, it is your responsibility to reschedule our appointment.
If you are not an adult, we need the permission of your parent or legal guardian (and their contact information) for you to participate in telebehavioral health sessions.
We need a safety plan that includes at least one emergency contact and the closest ER to your location, in the event of a crisis situation.
It is important to be on time. If you need to cancel or change your tele-appointment, you must notify the clinician in advance by phone or email. Please give your therapist at least 24 hours notice by email or phone to cancel telehealth sessions. Please see the "Privacy, polices, and procedures" section on the website for info about cancellation fees.