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Samantha Elkrief, LCSW

Samantha is a Columbia University-trained Licensed Clinical Social work and therapist with a diverse clinical experience working with Individuals and Couples in psychotherapy and coaching. She utilizes her training in CBT, MBSR, IFS and non-violent communication in her clinical work and has extensive knowledge of Nutritional Psychiatry. She has worked with Dr. Ramsey for close to a decade and has an excellent sense of our mission. She joined Brain Food Clinic 2016 as our first clinician and her collaboration and work-ethic have been key to our success. 

About Samantha

Samantha Elkrief, LCSW, is a therapist and health coach. Samantha’s therapeutic style is trauma-informed, relational, action-oriented and experientially based. She is trained in  Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Non-Violent Communication (NVC), and Nutritional Psychiatry, and incorporates mind-body practices and somatic awareness into her clinical work. 

Samantha helped co-create and produce the first Nutritional Psychiatry Clinician training, as well as our e-course, Eat to Beat Depression. She is also co-lead of the clinical team at the Brain Food Clinic.

Samantha specializes in working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, addiction, and those navigating medical health concerns. She also helps clients improve their communication, emotional intelligence, self-awareness, self-compassion and acceptance, and connection with themselves and their bodies. Samantha works with people new to therapy as well as those who have experience with treatment and are looking for the right alliance and fit for the next step in their journey. 


Samantha also focuses much of her work on couples in various stages of their relationships, including those in ethically non-monogamous relationships or curious about ENM, on improving communication and connection, preparing for relationship transitions like marriage, children or consciously uncoupling, and concerns or desires around sex and intimacy.

Samantha received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and her health coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is licensed as a therapist in NY and Florida and provides coaching worldwide.


She regularly appears as a guest on podcasts and her work has been featured in the New York Times, NY Post, MindBodyGreen, Refinery 29, Social Work Today, Eat Up New York, and on NBC.

Education & Training

  • Stony Brook University, BA

  • Columbia University School of Social Work

  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition

  • Natural Gourmet Institute Apprenticeship

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

  • Beck Institute, CBT for Depression

  • Internal Family Systems Circle

  • Somatic Experiencing


  • Clinical Treatment of Depression and Anxiety

  • Nutrition and Mental Health

  • Coaching

  • Nonviolent Communication

  • Plant-based diets

  • Mindfulness and other wellness practices

  • Relationships, including ethical non-monogamy

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