Stephanie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Virginia and Kentucky and provider for psychological therapies and assessments for adolescents, adults, and couples. She has enjoyed over twenty years as a mental health professional and served in administrative, supervisory, and clinical roles. Her professional experiences are grounded in the corporate, forensic, and therapeutic settings. She’s provided care in both community and private sectors, working for state and local governments, and non-profits alike. She’s an effective communicator, educator, and treatment provider. Stephanie led presentations on topics in the corporate setting, including balanced living, stress-reduction and healthy communication while working with Employee Assistance Companies. Her community based experience includes work in forensics at The Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families in Orlando Florida, along with board membership with non-profits serving under-represented members of the homeless populations in her hometown, Kentucky. She founded a private practice in Kentucky in 2008, working as the clinical director, clinician and administrator for the Alcohol and Other Drug Entity (AODE) within the practice.
Stephanie focuses on the treatment of adjustment disorders, substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, dual diagnosis, relational problems, grief, trauma, and self-esteem. Her primary therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Hypnosis, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy-Mindfulness, and Insight-Oriented Therapy. In the therapeutic setting she focuses on establishing a strong therapeutic alliance and helps each client to create psychological flexibility and new healthy, emotional responses. Research supports an increase in positive treatment outcomes when trust is built in the therapeutic relationship. Stephanie practices the latest evidence based approaches, focused on re-training positive thought and behavior processes.
Stephanie is certified in Clinical Hypnosis and utilizes this approach when appropriate and requested by her clients. In addition, she is trained in an evidence-based prevention and intervention program for drug and alcohol risk reduction. This intervention is aimed to help people learn risk reduction to alcohol and other drug related circumstances. Stephanie believes the healing process includes education and treatment components designed to ignite the ability to heal, which already exists within each of us. Stephanie is an experienced, caring professional, who is intent to listen, and help you discover and achieve your educational and treatment goals. She has a special interest in helping individuals and groups recognize their individual value and value to their community.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, graduating with honors from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Clinical Social Work Degree from the University of Kentucky. Also, Stephanie studied in England, where she furthered her interest in holistic healing and wellness. Using a holistic approach, diverse clinical skill set, and training in substance use prevention and treatment, she aims to provide her clients with the highest quality of care.
Stephanie enjoys quality time with her family, animals, and in her garden when she’s not working. To re-energize she enjoys spending time in nature doing her two favorite outdoor activities: hiking and gardening.