Samara Sanchez, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor


Samara recently joined the Cornerstone staff as an experienced counselor.  Prior to coming to Thailand, she served for 7 years as a counselor at a community mental health organization in the US.  Before becoming a mental health counselor, she worked for 7 years as a teacher in China and Tanzania.  She spent much of her youth in Africa as an MK where her parents are still missionaries and so draws from a rich cross-cultural background.  She deeply values ministry and service, and desires to help others find healing in their lives and in their relationships.  She came to Cornerstone with a desire to support people who work and live in cross-cultural settings.  Samara moved to Chiang Mai with her husband Phil, in 2021.  


  • Master of Arts in Counseling, 2013, Western Seminary, Portland, OR, USA

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, 2001, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, USA 


  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Washington State, USA

Specialized Training

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Supervision Training
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 1 and 2

Counseling Interests and Experience

  • Individual Counseling

  • DBT psycho-education groups
  • Better understanding and managing emotions
  • Grief/Loss
  • Depression/Burnout
  • Relationships