Changing Old Patterns to Allow New Choices *** Are you struggling to create positive lasting changes in your life? Wanting the changes is not enough. Willpower alone is not enough. To create lasting change, you need to let go of the limitations that hold you back. You need to release old patterns and learn new skills. Hypnosis and counseling -powerful tools to create the changes you desire. Hypnosis is a deeply relaxed state of mind that allows you to tap into your deeper wisdom and unlimited possibilities. In this state of mind, you suspend old beliefs and limitations, and allow the changes you desire to begin.
My goal is to help adolescents and young adults use their special, unique qualities to find solutions to problems, enhance their relationships, build confidence, and develop a healthy sense of self. In my office along with various outdoor settings, I strive to create a safe, caring, and supportive environment, and then combine that with a seasoned clinical approach.
Welcome! The initial decision to seek therapy services is one of the most difficult. Your desire to explore making changes in your life, is itself a strength. If you’re looking for someone with both professional and life experience to support you on this leg of your unique life path, you’ve come to the right place. I work with adults of all ages to create individually tailored maps to overcome their presenting life challenges and cultivate a strong and on-going sense of well-being toward the outcomes they envision.
Stephanie (she/her/hers) emphasizes a collaborative therapeutic relationship at the core of her practice and works to provide a safe, inviting, and accepting relationship with each of her clients. Stephanie’s approach to counseling is client-centered and strengths-based. She works with theories such as Interpersonal Neurobiology, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Synergetic Play Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and utilizes a feminist and social justice-focused lens, striving to incorporate anti-oppressive practices into her work.
I specialize in supporting women who are pregnant, postpartum and/or parenting young children. I also work with women who are trying to conceive, experiencing fertility challenges or experiencing identity issues in the childbearing years.
My style is engaged, compassionate, and collaborative. I genuinely care for my clients and desire to get to know you personally, to support you through whatever has brought you to therapy at this point in your life. I help clients work through issues that range from stressful and uncertain life circumstances you are navigating to generalized anxiety, OCD, depression, traumatic stress, and more. I believe in every person’s natural ability to be resilient, and also recognize how difficult the path can be when we encounter roadblocks and are feeling stuck.
Becoming a parent is life-changing in many ways. Some we can prepare for, but many we cannot. I have a special interest in working with mothers struggling with anxiety or depression related to pregnancy, adjustment to becoming a parent, traumatic birth experience, infant or child hospitalization, or having difficulty with breast or bottle feeding. I also have a passion for helping youth who have experienced trauma and can help decrease symptoms of depression, anxiety, behavior problems, sexualized behaviors, and trauma-related shame, while improving social competence and trust. I am trained in CBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, DBT and Mindfulness.
I believe that human nature in its many forms is always evolving and if we are able to harness and lean into this change and learn to grow in healthy ways we can become our best selves. I seek to build a positive therapeutic relationship with all my clients to better comprehend the problems that they may be dealing with in their lives and attempt to assist them in finding healthy resolutions.
What if the life with our partner could be as exciting as it was when you first got together? Has your relationship been shaky? What is your relationship to yourself? What do you tell yourself when having difficult times? Are you feeling stuck? Are you and your partner arguing all the time and just can’t get on the same page? Or maybe you aren’t really in that much conflict, but you don’t feel close or connected, and have been drifting apart. Yes, when relationships are difficult, many couples wonder.
Life can throw curveballs at us at any moment that can leave us stunned, upset, or grief-stricken. Whether the cause is outside or inside our control, we find ourselves in a position of figuring out how to move forward. How should you cope in those circumstances? How do you gain skills to prevent it from happening again? How do you put words to what you’re feeling? How do you simply put one foot in front of the other again? These are questions you may be asking yourself and working together, we will help you answer them, as well as other questions you may have, to help you create a life you love to live.
*No current availability* I offer clients a compassionate and safe space to explore current and past experiences and traumas that are impacting their lives. While I enjoy working with people of all ages, experiences and backgrounds, my specialty lies in teens and young adults. I have significant experience working with adolescents who have been or are currently in the foster care system, folks who have experienced intimate partner violence, and young adults who have been deeply impacted by trauma. I truly believe that everyone has the power and capacity to grow and heal.
I approach counseling much like Sam helps Frodo in Lord of the Rings, I will follow you and help you with your burden for as long as you need me, still knowing it's your journey and burden to bear. I thoroughly enjoy working with clients that are experiencing existential dread or feel like they are searching for some sort of meaning in life. This could include but is not limited to: feeling anxious, guilty, or depressed without knowing why, a loss of interest in your hobbies and relationships, and/or questioning your goals, values or ideals.
I am experienced working with clients of diverse backgrounds, ages, and customs with a range of concerns from relationships, anxiety, depression, grief, perinatal & parenting issues, and trauma. I am passionate about this work and what can be accomplished in a non-judgmental, respectful alliance. I believe counseling is a collaborative process and starts in the first session as we work together to understand your concerns. I am committed to providing a supportive, and safe space to help you uncover the things that are getting in the way of your happiness and well-being.
You can take control of your life. You don't have to live a life suffering from trauma or addiction. You don't have to feel isolated or scared anymore. Finding the right therapist to start your journey isn't easy. I have a wide range of treatment options awaiting anyone willing to take the first steps towards a new start.
I provide psychotherapy and counseling to treat a range of emotional and behavioral issues for adults, couples and families. You may be seeking help with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress, trauma, PTSD, relationship and marital problems, and life transitions. I do my best to understand your presenting issues and concerns. By providing support, guidance and understanding I can help you to gain insight and wisdom, and work through difficult and painful feelings and conflicts. I encourage you to self-activate, understand yourself better, change unhealthy behavior and live with a greater sense of ease and well being.
My intention for you is to gently but dynamically create opportunities for growth and healing through flexible and creative alternatives to break through old patterns. I like to collaborate with motivated clients who are willing to work to change their lives. My goal is to help you discover your own solutions to your problems and concerns in an environment that is welcoming, empathetic and non-judgmental. I do that by carefully attending to your thoughts and feelings. Although I will offer specific "interventions" I believe that change occurs during therapy when there is strong motivation combined with the quality of our connection.
I am not able to accept new clients at this time. Are there times you feel lost with uncertainty, anxiety and a lack of confidence despite a deeper knowing of yourself? Is there something specific you are ready to look more closely at so you can grow and evolve? Are there issues from your past or current connections that hold you back? If these are things you struggle with therapy can be a safe and sacred place to be your real self without judgement. Having someone to talk to, someone who listens deeply can truly change the way you relate to yourself, others and life challenges.
If your life had a resumé, “chameleon” would be at the top. You’re so good at figuring out others’ needs, they’d never suspect that you have them too. If you were honest with yourself, though, you’d admit how stressful it is to live for other people. You’re terrified you’ll lose relationships if you speak up or say no. Your energy is drained or you feel resentful. You’re exhausted from wondering if others like you or approve of you. If you make choices that disappoint others, you feel guilty and selfish. Your whole identity is about pleasing others, & you want to feel comfortable being your authentic self, but you have no idea how.
Many people come to therapy seeking relief from painful symptoms, relationship issues and self-defeating patterns. They may feel alone and isolated in their suffering. I work to create a safe, respectful and supportive environment that alleviates aloneness and facilitates connection, healing and positive change. My style is relational, warm and forthright. My clients achieve more than just symptom relief -- they also grow in their capacity to feel safe and connected with others, and they experience improved self-esteem and identity.
As a therapist, I know there are times when we feel lost or lack confidence to navigate through critical and life-changing circumstances. Although we often have many strengths and skills, we have difficulty accessing these during periods of family changes or crises, depression, anxiety, or prolonged grief/loss. In therapy, I will facilitate the process of helping you reconnect with your strengths and discover new skills, strategies, and resources toward a more healthier approach to life challenges.