Samantha Elkrief

Samantha Elkrief, LMSW is a therapist, board-certified holistic health coach and health-supportive chef. She is an action-oriented supportive psychotherapist and has trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and incorporates various mind-body practices into her clinical work. She is the clinical coordinator at the Brain Food Clinic and works with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, work life balance, and unhealthy relationships with food. Using Food as Medicine, she helps patients find a place of contentment and ease with food. She has expertise in plant-based diets, nutritional support for mental health and frequently works with clients with food sensitivities, allergies, and other medical concerns. Samantha received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Columbia University and her health coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She trained as a chef at The Natural Gourmet Institute, where she also teaches.   She regularly appears as a guest on podcasts and her work has been featured in the New York Times, NY Post, MindBodyGreen, 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


  • Clinical Treatment of Depression and Anxiety
  • Nutrition and Mental Health
  • Coaching
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Plant-based Cooking
  • Mindfulness and other wellness practices
  • Relationships, including ethical non-monogamy
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