Credentials

Degrees

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Trinity International University Graduate School, Deerfield, IL. December 2002.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in Family Psychology
Harold Abel School of Psychology, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. June 2006.

  • Research interests: gender issues, trauma theory, cognitive/emotive representation systems, multigenerational transmission, physical-emotive connection, cellular memories, intuition in healing.
  • Dissertation: Infantilization Among Married Hispanic Men: A Pilot and Phenomenological Study.
  • Chair: Thomas C. Vail, Ph.D.

Studied under Malcolm Gray, Ph.D., Chair of the Family Psychology Department at Capella University, who was trained directly under some of the world’s most accomplished clinicians. These include Bowen, Ceccin, Boscolo, Haley, Hillman, Kernberg, Maturana, Masterson, Minuchin, Satir, Tomm, Whittaker, and many more.

Employment

2002 to Present — Private practice.

2002 to June 2014 — Adjunct professor (Psychology)
Miami Dade College (Kendall Campus/Social Science Department).
Classes taught: Human Growth and Development, Human Sexuality, Intro. to Psychology, Psychology of Personal Effectiveness, Personal Success Seminar, etc.

2004 to Dec. 2009 – Psychotherapist treating psychological trauma relating to work-related injury
Pain Medicine Solutions, Miami, FL

Nov. 2009 to Present — Online Adjunct professor (Psychology)
Graduate School of the University of the Rockies (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

Jan. 2009 to Aug. 2009 — Online Adjunct professor (Psychology)
University of Phoenix Online

Jan. 2010 to Present — Staff Consultant to Doctors Group
The Lite-Center, Miami, FL

Licenses/Certifications

Licensed Mental Health Counselor
State of Florida

National Certified Counselor
National Board of Certified Counselors, (http://www.nbcc.org)
Certification demonstrates having met national standards developed by counselors.

Qualified Supervisor MFT (Marriage Family Therapist), State of Florida

Qualified Supervisor MHC (Mental Health Counselor), State of Florida

Formerly a psychotherapist/intern with the Broward Outreach Center
A long-term residential treatment center for the homeless located in Hollywood, FL.
Treatment modality included using individual and group psychotherapy.

Practitioner and Master Practitioner in Neurolinguistics (NLP)
Certified in Time-Line Therapy and Ericksonian Therapies. Neuro Energetics, Lancaster, PA

Collaborations

Collaborator with medical team of experts and innovators in the field of pain medicine and related psychological issues:

  • Albert Ray, M.D. Psychiatrist, Board Certified in Pain Medicine (American Board of Pain Medicine) and Board Certified in Psychiatry. Past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Past president of the Southern Pain Society. Past Director of the American Board of Pain Medicine. Current Chairman of the Board of the National Pain Foundation.
  • Albert Zbik, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist, founder and director for twenty years of the Department of Rehabilitation, Baptist Health South Florida. Expert practitioner of E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Bilge Fisher, D.C., Chiropractor and Acupuncturist specializing in pain and rehabilitation medicine
  • Mario Inchausti, M.D. Physiatrist, Diplomate American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Collaborated with David Bernstein, D.C., Chiropractor and Certified Clinical Nutritionist of the Advanced Wellness Center (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) developer of DRT (Digital Response Technique), a unique method of assessing the energy flow through all parts of the body.

Consulting

Adviser to organizations and clergy on psychological health issues.

Adviser and personal coach of many in the fields of professional visual and performing arts, fashion photography, modeling, curatorial endeavors, etc. on creativity and career empowerment.

Presentations

Panelist at International Arts Movement (IAM), Manhattan, NY
Annual conference 2008 on the subject of releasing artistic creativity.
Lopez De Victoria, S. (February, 2008).

What is Pain and What is the Role of Body Memory in Pain?
Invited talk presented at the meeting of Passport to Health Multicultural Health Fair, Miami, Florida. Lopez De Victoria, S. (October 20, 2007).

Rapid Therapies in the Treatment of Emotional Trauma
Invited talk presented at the meeting of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Southern Pain Society, Biloxi, Mississippi.
Lopez De Victoria, S. (July 30, 2004).

Cracking the Male/Female Communication Code
Workshop presented at the Comprehensive Conference on Marriage and Family. Hosted by Trinity International Graduate School Alumni. Miami, Florida.
Lopez De Victoria, S. (November 8, 2003).

Where Have all the Men Gone?
Workshop presented at the Comprehensive Conference on Marriage and Family. Hosted by Trinity International Graduate School Alumni. Miami, Florida.
Lopez De Victoria, S. (November 8, 2003).

Media

Interviewed by Miami channel 41 on the topic of PTSD in U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq. (May 9, 2008).

Interviewed by ABC News reporter Emily Friedman and quoted in article on topic of John Edward’s admission of narcissism. Title: Politicians’ Biggest Battle: Themselves. Published on August 12, 2008 at http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=5559032&page=1

Interviewed by ABC News reporter Ki Mae Heussner and quoted in article on topic of how narcissists are attracted to social network websites such as Facebook. Title: Facebook: Where Narcissists Connect?. Published on September 26, 2008 at http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/AheadoftheCurve/story?id=5887520&page=1

Tracy, L. (2011, February 18). Dr. Sam Helps Miami Artists Break Out of Creative Ruts. Posted on Miami NewTimes Blogs: Cultist Web site: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/cultist/2011/02/dr_sam_lopez_de_victoria_will.php

Breen, S. (2011, September). Are you too in love with yourself? Stellar, (32), 46-47                                                                           Interviewed by Sara Breen and quoted in Ireland’s top fashion magazine in an article concerning aspects of narcissism. Article link at: http://www.drsam.tv/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/NarcissismStellarMag.pdf

Interviewed by Mr. Nelson Rubio on the Spanish news program of radio station Actualidad (Miami AM 1020) on the topic of the “Profile of the Colorado Mass Murderer.” (July 24, 2012).

Interviewed by Ms. Andrea Sanmiguel on a feature program of radio station MDCRadio on the topic of the “What is True Love?.” (October 23, 2012).

Interviewed by Mr. Nelson Rubio on the Spanish news program of radio station Actualidad (Miami AM 1020) on the topic of the “Social Network Dangers.” (December 14, 2012).

Interviewed by Mr. Nelson Rubio on the Spanish news program of radio station Actualidad (Miami AM 1020) on the topic of the “Morbid Jealousy… The Jealousy that Kills.” (January 25, 2013).

Interviewed by Mr. Nelson Rubio on the Spanish news program of radio station Actualidad (Miami AM 1020) on the topic of the “Suicide: Youth Killer.” (February 26, 2013).

Interviewed by Yahoo Health reporter Melissa Bykofsky and quoted in article on topic of how to find out if a friend has narcissism. Title: “Is Your Friend a Narcissist? The Telltale Signs of 6 Personality Types.” Published on February 17, 2015 at https://www.yahoo.com/health/is-your-friend-a-narcissist-the-telltale-signs-of-110835763817.html

Interviewed by Men’s Health reporter Marham Heid and quoted in article on topic of how to handle the-know-it-alls. Title: “Why Some People Always Need to be Right.” Published on February 18, 2016 at http://www.menshealth.com/guy-wisdom/why-some-people-need-to-be-right

Publications

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2008, July 8). The Johari Window. Posted on Psych Central Web site: http://www.psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/07/08/the-johari-window/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2008, July 28). Are You Burning Out?. Posted on Psych Central Web site: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/07/28/are-you-burning-out/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2008, August 4). How to Spot a Narcissist. Posted on Psych Central Web site: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/08/04/how-to-spot-a-narcissist/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2008, August 15). Harming Your Child by Making Him Your Parent. Posted on Psych Central Web site: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/08/15/harming-your-child-by-making-him-your-parent/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2008, September 28). Facebook Scams of Narcissists. Posted on Psych Central Web site: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/09/28/facebook-scams-of-narcissists/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2009, July 18). The Don. Posted on Psych Central Web site: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/07/18/the-don/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2009, October 3). Babyman… Is This Your Man? Posted on Psych Central Web site: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/10/03/babyman%E2%80%A6-is-this-your-guy/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2010, March 29). Narcissists Who Cry: The Other Side of the Ego. Posted on Psych Central Web site: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/03/29/narcissists-who-cry-the-other-side-of-the-ego/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2010, June 29). Emotional Trauma in the Womb. Posted on Psych Central Web site: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/06/29/emotional-trauma-in-the-womb/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2010, November 13). Narcissists in Ministry. Posted on FaithWriters.com Web site: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=28251

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2011, October 7). Avoiding the Traps of Extremism. Posted on Psych Central Web site: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/10/07/avoiding-the-traps-of-extremism/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2011, November 7). The Incredibly Seductive Pull of a Very Skilled Narcissist. Posted on Psych Central Web site: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/11/07/the-incredibly-seductive-pull-of-a-very-skilled-narcissist/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2012, January 21). “I LOVE ME!: A Q&A About Narcissism. Posted on Psych Central Web site: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/01/21/i-love-me-aqa-about-narcissism/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2012, February 6). Media Manipulation of the Masses: How the Media Psychologically Manipulates. Posted on Psych Central Web site: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/02/06/media-manipulation-of-the-masses-how-the-media-psychologically-manipulates/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2012, February 13). Dancing with Angels: Art from the Darkness and the Light. Posted on Psych Central Web site: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/02/13/dancing-with-angels-art-from-the-darkness-and-the-light/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2012, May 24). True Love: How do you know? Posted on Psych Central Web site http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/05/24/true-love-how-do-you-know/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2012, September 28). Me-Monsters! Posted on Psych Central Web site http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/09/28/me-monsters/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2014, February 11). Beware of She-wolves. Posted on Psych Central Web site http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/02/11/beware-of-she-wolves/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2016, June 14). What Facebook Personality Do You Have? A (Funny) Psychological Perspective. Posted on Psych Central Web site http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2016/06/14/what-facebook-personality-do-you-have-a-funny-psychological-perspective/

Lopez De Victoria, S. (2017, September 23), The Motor-Mouth Syndrome. Posted on Psych Central Web Site http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2017/09/23/the-motor-mouth-syndrome/