Samuel Shin (AMFT 79527*)

Samuel completed his Master of Arts degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Washington. He is a certified Men’s Work facilitator through Sacred Sons, a certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Reiki Practitioner and a trained Swedish Massage Practitioner through the San Francisco School of Massage. Samuel has over a decade of experience working with teens and children in different capacities – from church youth group leader, running social skills groups in nature, working with kids on the Autism Spectrum and their families, to doing Play Therapy with village children in South India. He also worked as a Bereavement Counselor in a hospice setting, where he supported teens, adults and the elderly through the experience of grief and loss.

Samuel’s therapeutic approach is Humanistic-Existential, Psychodynamic and Relational. He believes that everyone has an innate impulse towards growth & healing, which can only be fostered in a genuine, accepting and empathic therapeutic relationship. When he isn’t working, Samuel enjoys
meditation, Ecstatic Dance, yoga, men’s work, visiting hot springs, Muay Thai, and stand-up comedy. He can also play the guitar, drums and violin.

Dr. Nalin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and Founder and Executive Director of Paradigm Treatment Centers, who has been a respected leader in the field of adolescent mental health for more than 20 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, his Master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, his Doctoral degree from Pacific University’s APA approved Clinical Psychology program, and completed his training at the University of California, San Diego’s APA approved psychology internship program.

Dr. Nalin has provided training and mentoring to students entering the field of psychology at institutions of learning including Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, UCSD, Pacific University, and Santa Monica College. He was also instrumental in the development of the treatment component of Los Angeles County’s first Juvenile Drug Court, which now serves as a national model.

Dr. Nalin has appeared as an expert on shows ranging from CBS News and Larry King, to CNN, The Today Show and MTV. He was also featured in an Anti-Drug Campaign for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

Dr. Nalin is a Diplomate of the National Institute of Sports Professionals and a Certified Sports Psychologist as well as a Certified Chemical Dependency Intervention Specialist. He lectures and conducts workshops nationally on the issues of teen mental health, substance abuse prevention, and innovative adolescence treatment.

In 2017 Dr. Nalin was awarded The Sigmund Freud Foundation and Sigmund Freud University’s Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of his work with youth in the field of mental health over the course of his career.