The journey from teacher to therapist may seem unusual, given that teachers spend much of their time lecturing and therapists listening, but effective teachers are attuned to their students’ needs and unspoken cues. As Stephanie worked to help teenagers understand the complexities of math, she picked up on the signs that grasping polynomials and parallelograms may not have been the most daunting challenges many faced. Her success in building relationships with students and colleagues led her to realize God had other plans for her.
Stephanie earned a Master’s in Social Work from Indiana University in 2019 and is licensed to practice therapy. She’s trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma, and Motivational Interviewing, and finds compassion-focused strategies particularly effective. Her career has involved guiding children, adults, and families in a broad range of settings, supporting people dealing with autism, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, educational issues, medical case management, women’s issues, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and depression.
She’ll tell you her approach to therapy grew from her Christian walk, displaying empathy, compassion, and guidance as she helps others recognize their strengths and how to use them to transcend the obstacles in their lives. Stephanie believes in a healthy approach to healing and building upon their strengths, reminding them they don’t have to move ahead alone.
When Stephanie isn’t helping others, you’ll find her enjoying time with family and friends, studying scripture, listening to music, engaging in light exercising, and caring for animals.