Hi there! I first would like to say welcome and applaud you for taking this step in finding a therapist for your child. At this point you are probably exhausted and overwhelmed, and hopefully I can be of some help to you. My name is Stephanie, I wanted to first introduce myself, and then I will tell you a little bit about my background as well as how I conduct my therapy.
I got my undergraduate degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey. I received a Bachelor of Arts in social science with a concentration in criminology as well as a minor in psychology. I then went on to receive my master’s degree from Pace University in mental health counseling. It is here where I first began counseling and fell in love with the work. I became a licensed mental health counselor in the state of New York as well as a Licensed Professional counselor in the state of New Jersey. I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor.
I have been providing counseling services for about seven years now. I started out at an organization where I was able to provide counseling to all types of different people. I feel fortunate that throughout the years I have been able to help so many types people from all walks of life. I have worked with people of many different ages, faiths, races, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, etc. Every person is special and unique and I make sure to tailor my therapy to reflect that. I do not believe in a “one size fits all” method to treatment. Furthermore, I have experience treating many disorders and topics including anxiety, depression, OCD, anger management, parenting education, eating disorders, marital conflict, end of life, etc. My specialization over the last several years has been in the treatment of the LGBTQ, young adult, and adolescent populations.
My first experience counseling adolescents were when I was a referred student from a local high school that was deemed to be “high risk.” This is when I first found out how passionate I was about working with adolescents. The next several years, most of my clients were adolescents because those were my favorite clients to work with. I found that a lot of other clinicians did not share this passion with me. I was happy to take as many referrals for adolescent clients as possible. I find that a lot of adults forget what it is like to be a teenager. I am able to relate to them in a way that most people aren’t able to. I believe in my ability to help kids and I think if you give me a shot I would be a great match for your child.
The theoretical approach I most often utilize in therapy is the Person-Centered approach. I basically believe in allowing my clients to steer where the sessions go as well as decide what they want out of their treatment. I do not like to try to pretend to be an expert in anyone else’s life. I believe that you are the expert in your own life, and I am here to help you. I work hard to make sure all of my clients really feel seen and heard for who they are. I always promise to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment where people can trust to open up and be themselves. I believe that everyone is valid in their feelings, and I will never tell you otherwise. I also sometimes will implement some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy if a client requests some more direction from me.
At the end of the day, I am here to support you. Whatever you are dealing with, I will help you get through it. The idea is that nothing is permanent and that things will get better. I know it can be hard to believe or see when you are in it, but hopefully I can get you there. I would love to hear from you. It can take a few tries to fight the therapist that is right for you, and my feelings will not be hurt if I am not it. A therapeutic relationship is a two way street, and you deserve to find the person who is the best fit for you and your child. Let’s give it a shot and see how it goes. I look forward to hearing from you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, ADHD
LPC #37PC00672200 (Expires: 2020-11-30)
Stephanie is very light with her approach. She’s doesn’t make you feel like you’re talking to a counselor.
Very helpful and keeps in contact.
I have only been talking to Stephanie for a few weeks but in that time she has been nothing but kind, insightful, and an amazing listener. She is not judgmental at all and reminds me that my feelings are valid, which has been powerful. Thank you Stephanie and I look forward to continuing to work with you!