Hello there, I’m Dr. Stephanie Olarte! I’m a licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland. My professional experiences include psychological assessment, ADHD, anxiety, depression, parenting stress, family conflict, trauma, and school problems.
My work with children and families began over 12 years ago before I even declared my college major. During this time, I’ve worked with children and teens in the classroom, the living room, and the therapy room. My PhD in School Psychology gave me the unique combined expertise in both education and mental health. I chose this specialty because I firmly believe that mental health problems and school problems can rarely be teased apart. When working with teens, I favor a team-based approach. This means that I expect regular communication and sessions with parents. This helps keep us on the same page as well as manage parental stress.
Like most therapists, I adopt an eclectic approach to therapy instead of a one-size-fits-all theory. I’m always happy to have a lengthy conversation about theories developed by erudite intellectuals over the past 200 years, but I tend prioritize a down-to-earth, grounded approach to therapy. If I were to sum up my philosophy on humans and their mental health needs into a single quote, it would be this: “I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious” (Albert Einstein). What does this mean for you as my therapy client? For starters, I will be asking many questions about your presenting problem beyond the generic “how long? How severe?” routine questions. The more I understand who you are and where you’ve been, the better I will understand the problem that has brought you to therapy. Additionally, I rarely if ever claim to have all the answers and I gladly own it when I don’t. While I do bring a wealth of knowledge about mental health and society, you are the expert on yourself. It’s my job to support and empower you as you discover the solution that fits your life.
Please note that I am currently offering 30 minute sessions up to twice per week as needed. I am available in the mornings and evenings from Monday through Friday. At this time, I do not offer weekend sessions. I work best with clients who are ready to take an active role in improving their mental health.
Here are some articles that I often share with clients:
5 Essential Life Truths That Sound Depressing but Aren't
Stabilize Your Mood with Food
Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression
How Good is Your Psychiatrist? Finding Roses Among Thorns
Sleep for Success: Creativity and the Neuroscience of Sleep
TED Talks: Mental Health Playlist
Let’s get started!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Parenting issues
I also have experience in LGBT, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Self esteem, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
Psychologist #05926 (Expires: 2020-03-31)
She's been excellent.
Dr. Olarte has helped me so much during this difficult time in my life. I highly recommend her.