My name is Stephanie, I am a graduate student at St. Martin's University in the counseling program. I am passionate about working with parents and their families. I believe that the therapeutic relationship starts with trust, connection and equality. You are the expert in your own life, my role as a counselor is to help you find the right tools that will help you stay present in your everyday life. I approach counseling through a feminist humanistic approach. How we identify ourselves in our communities has an impact on how we feel about ourselves and each other. We are all part of a larger system and this has an impact on our mental health. I want to help clients navigate their relationship to the world around them while empowering them to explore the light they have inside themselves. I approach clients with unconditional positive regard, meaning I will meet you where you are at in your journey and walk along side you without judgement.
My professional experience includes working with parents struggling with substance abuse and their children. This work challenged me and helped me learn how to be empathetic and to accept people as their own human beings instead of judging them for their behaviors. I want to continue working with substance use disorder clients and help them find peace in their lives however that may look to them. I currently have my Substance Use Disorder – Trainee license with the goal to be a certified Substance Use Disorder counselor.
I like to stay positive and look at mistakes as life lessons. My hobbies include dancing Salsa and bachata, and if you happen to find me at the gym I will most likely be in Zumba class. I have found that movement and music is my favorite way to de-stress, maintain a positive mind-set and it's just fun!